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ExternalMemory Computational Geometry
, 1993
"... In this paper, we give new techniques for designing efficient algorithms for computational geometry problems that are too large to be solved in internal memory, and we use these techniques to develop optimal and practical algorithms for a number of important largescale problems. We discuss our algor ..."
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In this paper, we give new techniques for designing efficient algorithms for computational geometry problems that are too large to be solved in internal memory, and we use these techniques to develop optimal and practical algorithms for a number of important largescale problems. We discuss our algorithms primarily in the contex't of single processor/single disk machines, a domain in which they are not only the first known optimal results but also of tremendous practical value. Our methods also produce the first known optimal algorithms for a wide range of twolevel and hierarchical muir{level memory models, including parallel models. The algorithms are optimal both in terms of I/0 cost and internal computation.
The Uniform Memory Hierarchy Model of Computation
 Algorithmica
, 1992
"... The Uniform Memory Hierarchy (UMH) model introduced in this paper captures performancerelevant aspects of the hierarchical nature of computer memory. It is used to quantify architectural requirements of several algorithms and to ratify the faster speeds achieved by tuned implementations that use im ..."
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The Uniform Memory Hierarchy (UMH) model introduced in this paper captures performancerelevant aspects of the hierarchical nature of computer memory. It is used to quantify architectural requirements of several algorithms and to ratify the faster speeds achieved by tuned implementations that use improved datamovement strategies. A sequential computer's memory is modelled as a sequence hM 0 ; M 1 ; :::i of increasingly large memory modules. Computation takes place in M 0 . Thus, M 0 might model a computer's central processor, while M 1 might be cache memory, M 2 main memory, and so on. For each module M U , a bus B U connects it with the next larger module M U+1 . All buses may be active simultaneously. Data is transferred along a bus in fixedsized blocks. The size of these blocks, the time required to transfer a block, and the number of blocks that fit in a module are larger for modules farther from the processor. The UMH model is parameterized by the rate at which the blocksizes i...
Asymptotically Tight Bounds for Performing BMMC Permutations on Parallel Disk Systems
, 1994
"... This paper presents asymptotically equal lower and upper bounds for the number of parallel I/O operations required to perform bitmatrixmultiply/complement (BMMC) permutations on the Parallel Disk Model proposed by Vitter and Shriver. A BMMC permutation maps a source index to a target index by an a ..."
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This paper presents asymptotically equal lower and upper bounds for the number of parallel I/O operations required to perform bitmatrixmultiply/complement (BMMC) permutations on the Parallel Disk Model proposed by Vitter and Shriver. A BMMC permutation maps a source index to a target index by an affine transformation over GF (2), where the source and target indices are treated as bit vectors. The class of BMMC permutations includes many common permutations, such as matrix transposition (when dimensions are powers of 2), bitreversal permutations, vectorreversal permutations, hypercube permutations, matrix reblocking, Graycode permutations, and inverse Graycode permutations. The upper bound improves upon the asymptotic bound in the previous best known BMMC algorithm and upon the constant factor in the previous best known bitpermute/complement (BPC) permutation algorithm. The algorithm achieving the upper bound uses basic linearalgebra techniques to factor the characteristic matrix...
Integrating Theory and Practice in Parallel File Systems
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1993 DAGS/PC SYMPOSIUM (THE DARTMOUTH INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDIES
, 1993
"... Several algorithms for parallel disk systems have appeared in the literature recently, and they are asymptotically optimal in terms of the number of disk accesses. Scalable systems with parallel disks must be able to run these algorithms. We present for the first time a list of capabilities that mus ..."
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Several algorithms for parallel disk systems have appeared in the literature recently, and they are asymptotically optimal in terms of the number of disk accesses. Scalable systems with parallel disks must be able to run these algorithms. We present for the first time a list of capabilities that must be provided by the system to support these optimal algorithms: control over declustering, querying about the configuration, independent I/O, and turning off parity, file caching, and prefetching. We summarize recent theoretical and empirical work that justifies the need for these capabilities. In addition, we sketch an organization for a parallel file interface with lowlevel primitives and higherlevel operations.
Modeling Parallel Computers as Memory Hierarchies
 In Proc. Programming Models for Massively Parallel Computers
, 1993
"... A parameterized generic model that captures the features of diverse computer architectures would facilitate the development of portable programs. Specific models appropriate to particular computers are obtained by specifying parameters of the generic model. A generic model should be simple, and for ..."
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A parameterized generic model that captures the features of diverse computer architectures would facilitate the development of portable programs. Specific models appropriate to particular computers are obtained by specifying parameters of the generic model. A generic model should be simple, and for each machine that it is intended to represent, it should have a reasonably accurate specific model. The Parallel Memory Hierarchy (PMH) model of computation uses a single mechanism to model the costs of both interprocessor communication and memory hierarchy traffic. A computer is modeled as a tree of memory modules with processors at the leaves. All data movement takes the form of block transfers between children and their parents. This paper assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the PMH model as a generic model. 1 Introduction The raw computing power of multiprocessor computers is exploding. The challenge is to create software that can take advantage of this computing power. The diversit...
Can a SharedMemory Model Serve as a Bridging Model for Parallel Computation?
, 1999
"... There has been a great deal of interest recently in the development of generalpurpose bridging models for parallel computation. Models such as the BSP and LogP have been proposed as more realistic alternatives to the widely used PRAM model. The BSP and LogP models imply a rather different style fo ..."
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There has been a great deal of interest recently in the development of generalpurpose bridging models for parallel computation. Models such as the BSP and LogP have been proposed as more realistic alternatives to the widely used PRAM model. The BSP and LogP models imply a rather different style for designing algorithms when compared with the PRAM model. Indeed, while many consider data parallelism as a convenient style, and the sharedmemory abstraction as an easytouse platform, the bandwidth limitations of current machines have diverted much attention to messagepassing and distributedmemory models (such as the BSP and LogP) that account more properly for these limitations. In this paper we consider the question of whether a sharedmemory model can serve as an effective bridging model for parallel computation. In particular, can a sharedmemory model be as effective as, say, the BSP? As a candidate for a bridging model, we introduce the Queuing SharedMemory (QSM) model, which accounts for limited communication bandwidth while still providing a simple sharedmemory abstraction. We substantiate the ability of the QSM to serve as a bridging model by providing a simple workpreserving emulation of the QSM on both the BSP, and on a related model, the (d, x)BSP. We present evidence that the features of the QSM are essential to its effectiveness as a bridging model. In addition, we describe scenarios
Parallel file systems for the IBM SP computers
 IBM Systems Journal
, 1995
"... Parallel computer architectures require innovative software solutions to utilize their capabilities. This is true for system software no less than for application programs. File system development for the IBM SP product line started with the Vesta research project, which introduced the ideas of para ..."
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Parallel computer architectures require innovative software solutions to utilize their capabilities. This is true for system software no less than for application programs. File system development for the IBM SP product line started with the Vesta research project, which introduced the ideas of parallel access to partitioned files. This technology was then integrated with a conventional AIX environment to create the IBM AIX Parallel I/O File System product. We describe the design and implementation of Vesta, including user interfaces and enhancements to the control environment needed to run the system. Changes to the basic design that were made as part of the IBM AIX Parallel I/O File System are identified and justified.
The Expressiveness of a Family of Finite Set Languages
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF 10TH ACM SYMPOSIUM ON PRINCIPLES OF DATABASE SYSTEMS
, 1991
"... In this paper we characterise exactly the complexity of a set based database language called SRL, which presents a unified framework for queries and updates. By imposing simple syntactic restrictions on it, we are able to express exactly the classes, P and LOGSPACE. We also discuss the role of orde ..."
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In this paper we characterise exactly the complexity of a set based database language called SRL, which presents a unified framework for queries and updates. By imposing simple syntactic restrictions on it, we are able to express exactly the classes, P and LOGSPACE. We also discuss the role of ordering in database query languages and show that the hom operator of Machiavelli language in [OBB89] does not capture all the orderindependent properties.
Models and Resource Metrics for Parallel and Distributed Computation
 PROC. 28TH ANNUAL HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEM SCIENCES
, 1989
"... This paper presents a framework of using resource metrics to characterize the various models of parallel computation. Our framework reflects the approach of recent models to abstract architectural details into several generic parameters, which we call resource metrics. We examine the different reso ..."
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This paper presents a framework of using resource metrics to characterize the various models of parallel computation. Our framework reflects the approach of recent models to abstract architectural details into several generic parameters, which we call resource metrics. We examine the different resource metrics chosen by different parallel models, categorizing the models into four classes: the basic synchronous models, and extensions of the basic models which more accurately reflect practical machines by incorporating notions of asynchrony, communication cost and memory hierarchy. We then present a new parallel computation model, the LogPHMM model, as an illustration of design principles based on the framework of resource metrics. The LogPHMM model extends an existing parameterized network model (LogP) with a sequential hierarchical memory model (HMM) characterizing each processor. The result accurately captures both network communication costs and the effects of multileveled memory ...