FAST 2002 Abstract
Exploiting Inter-File Access Patterns Using Multi-Collective I/O
This paper introduces a new concept called Multi-Collective
I/O (MCIO) that extends conventional collective
I/O to optimize I/O accesses to multiple arrays simultaneously.
In this approach, as in collective I/O, multiple
processors co-ordinate to perform I/O on behalf of each
other if doing so improves overall I/O time. However, unlike
collective I/O, MCIO considers multiple arrays simultaneously;
that is, it has a more global view of the overall
I/O behavior exhibited by application. This paper shows
that determining optimal MCIO access pattern is an NP-complete
problem, and proposes two different heuristics
for the access pattern detection problem (also called the
Both of the heuristics have been implemented within
a runtime library, and tested using a large-scale scientific
application. Our preliminary results show that MCIO out-performs
collective I/O by as much as 87%. Our runtime
library-based implementation can be used by users as well
as optimizing compilers. Based on our results, we recom-mend
future library designers for I/O-intensive applications
to include MCIO in their suite of optimizations.
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