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OmpSs tutorial at ISCA 2013

- Written by Rosa Maria Badia

Hybrid and Heterogeneous Parallel Programming with MPI/OmpSs for Exascale Systems

June 24, 2013


Due to its asynchronous nature and look-ahead capabilities, MPI/OmpSs is a promising programming model approach for future exascale systems, with the potential to exploit unprecedented amounts of parallelism, while coping with memory latency, network latency and load imbalance. Many large-scale applications are already seeing very positive results from their ports to MPI/OmpSs (see EU projects Montblanc, TEXT). We will first cover the basic concepts of the programming model. OmpSs can be seen as an extension of the OpenMP model. Unlike OpenMP, however, task dependencies are determined at runtime thanks to the directionality of data arguments. The OmpSs runtime supports asynchronous execution of tasks on heterogeneous systems such as SMPs, GPUs and clusters thereof. The integration of OmpSs with MPI facilitates the migration of current MPI applications and improves, automatically, the performance of these applications by overlapping computation with communication between tasks on remote nodes. The tutorial will also cover the constellation of development and performance tools available for the MPI/OmpSs programming model: the methodology to determine OmpSs tasks, the Tareador tool, and the Paraver performance analysis tools. The tutorial will also include practical sessions on application development and analysis on single many-core nodes, heterogeneous environments with GPUs, and cluster environments with MPI/OmpSs.

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