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Improving Parallel Performance of FEniCS Finite Element Computations by Hybrid MPI/PGAS
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), High Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCViz).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5020-1631
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), High Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCViz).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4256-0463
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We present our work on developing a hybrid parallel programming model for a general finite element solver. The main focus of our work is to demonstrate that legacy codes with high latency, two-sided communication in the form of message passing can be improved using lightweight one-sided communication. We introduce a new hybrid MPI/PGAS implementation of the open source general finite element framework FEniCS, replacing the linear algebra backend (PETSc) with a new library written in UPC. A detailed description of the linear algebra backend implementation and the hybrid interface to FEniCS is given. We also present a detailed analysis of the performance of this hybrid solver on the Cray XE6 Lindgren at PDC/KTH including a comparison with the MPI only implementation, where we find that the hybrid implementation results in significant improvements in performance of the solver.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 9 p.
CTL Technical Report, 29
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Computer Science Computational Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-121346OAI: diva2:618543

QC 20130429

Available from: 2013-04-29 Created: 2013-04-29 Last updated: 2013-04-29Bibliographically approved

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