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Multilevel Mesh Partitioning for Heterogeneous Communication Networks

By C. Walshaw and M. Cross


Multilevel algorithms are a successful class of optimisation techniques which address the mesh partitioning problem for distributing unstructured meshes onto parallel computers. They usually combine a graph contraction algorithm together with a local optimisation method which refines the partition at each graph level. To date these algorithms have been used almost exclusively to minimise the cut edge weight in the graph with the aim of minimising the parallel communication overhead, but recently there has been a perceived need to take into account the communications network of the parallel machine. For example the increasing use of SMP clusters (systems of multiprocessor compute nodes with very fast intra-node communications but relatively slow inter-node networks) suggest the use of hierarchical network models. Indeed this requirement is exacerbated in the early experiments with meta-computers (multiple supercomputers combined together, in extreme cases over inter-continental networks). In this paper therefore, we modify a multilevel algorithm in order to minimise a cost function based on a model of the communications network. Several network models and variants of the algorithm are tested and we establish that it is possible to successfully guide the optimisation to reflect the chosen architecture

Topics: Graph partitioning, Mesh partitioning, Multilevel optimisation, Mapping, Meta-computing, SMP clusters
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V.
Year: 2001
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