An Incremental Parallel PGAS-based Tree Search Algorithm

Tiago Carneiro 1 Nouredine Melab 1
1 BONUS - Optimisation de grande taille et calcul large échelle
Inria Lille - Nord Europe, CRIStAL - Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Signal et Automatique de Lille (CRIStAL) - UMR 9189
Abstract : In this work, we show that the Chapel high-productivity language is suitable for the design and implementation of all aspects involved in the conception of parallel tree search algorithms for solving combinatorial problems. Initially, it is possible to hand-optimize the data structures involved in the search process in a way equivalent to C. As a consequence, the single-threaded search in Chapel is on average only 7% slower than its counterpart written in C. Whereas programming a multicore tree search in Chapel is equivalent to C-OpenMP in terms of performance and programmability, its productivity-aware features for distributed programming stand out. It is possible to incrementally conceive a distributed tree search algorithm starting from its multicore counterpart by adding few lines of code. The distributed implementation performs load balancing among different computer nodes and also exploits all CPU cores of the system. Chapel presents an interesting trade-off between programmability and performance despite the high level of its features. The distributed tree search in Chapel is on average 16% slower and reaches up to 80% of the scalability achieved by its C-MPI+OpenMP counterpart.
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Tiago Carneiro, Nouredine Melab. An Incremental Parallel PGAS-based Tree Search Algorithm. HPCS 2019 - International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation, Jul 2019, Dublin, Ireland. ⟨hal-02170842⟩

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