Benchmarking for distributed memory parallel systems: gaining insight from numbers

Addison, Cliff and Getov, Vladimir and Hey, Tony and Hockney, Roger W. and Wolton, I.C. (1994) Benchmarking for distributed memory parallel systems: gaining insight from numbers. Parallel Computing, 20 (10-11). pp. 1653-1668. ISSN 0167-8191

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0167-8191(94)90063-9

Abstract

The inherent difficulties of benchmarking parallel computers and the motivation behind the development of the GENESIS benchmark suite introduce the paper. Some of the broader issues that must be taken into account with any rigorous benchmarking effort on a distributed memory system are then discussed together with a relevant example. The initial version of the GENESIS benchmarks was used to evaluate the SUPRENUM computer. The later releases of the suite have been developed to achieve portability of codes across different distributed memory systems by means of the PARMACS macros. Strict portability is however infeasible due to the relative immaturity of current distributed memory computers and the presence of so many different architectures. Therefore some aspects of transportable software are also described, which were felt important when porting the benchmarks to different parallel platforms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Electronics and Computer Science, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 14:34
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2010 16:52
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/7542

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