This paper outlines two methods which we believe will play an important role in any distributed memory compiler able to handle sparse and unstructured problems. We describe how to link runtime partitioners to distributed memory compilers. In our scheme, programmers can implicitly specify how data and loop iterations are to be distributed between processors. This insulates users from having to deal explicitly with potentially complex algorithms that carry out work and data partitioning. We also describe a viable mechanism for tracking and reusing copies of off-processor data. In many programs, several loops access the same off-processor memory locations. As long as it can be verified that the values assigned to off-processor memory locations remain unmodified, we show that we can effectively reuse stored off-processor data. We present experimental data from a 3-D unstructured Euler solver run on an iPSC/860 to demonstrate the usefulness of our methods.
Das, Raja; Ponnusamy, Ravi; Saltz, Joel; and Mavriplis, Dimitri, "Distributed Memory Compiler Methods for Irregular Problems -- Data Copy Reuse and Runtime Partitioning" (1991). Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Technical Reports. 138.