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Optimizing threshold for extreme scale analysis
Author(s): Robert Maynard; Kenneth Moreland; Utkarsh Atyachit; Berk Geveci; Kwan-Liu Ma
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Paper Abstract

As the HPC community starts focusing its efforts towards exascale, it becomes clear that we are looking at machines with a billion way concurrency. Although parallel computing has been at the core of the performance gains achieved until now, scaling over 1,000 times the current concurrency can be challenging. As discussed in this paper, even the smallest memory access and synchronization overheads can cause major bottlenecks at this scale. As we develop new software and adapt existing algorithms for exascale, we need to be cognizant of such pitfalls. In this paper, we document our experience with optimizing a fairly common and parallelizable visualization algorithm, threshold of cells based on scalar values, for such highly concurrent architectures. Our experiments help us identify design patterns that can be generalized for other visualization algorithms as well. We discuss our implementation within the Dax toolkit, which is a framework for data analysis and visualization at extreme scale. The Dax toolkit employs the patterns discussed here within the framework’s scaffolding to make it easier for algorithm developers to write algorithms without having to worry about such scaling issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8654, Visualization and Data Analysis 2013, 86540Y (4 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007320
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Maynard, Kitware, Inc. (United States)
Kenneth Moreland, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Utkarsh Atyachit, Kitware, Inc. (United States)
Berk Geveci, Kitware, Inc. (United States)
Kwan-Liu Ma, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8654:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2013
Pak Chung Wong; David L. Kao; Ming C. Hao; Chaomei Chen, Editor(s)

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