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Provably efficient scheduling for languages with finegrained parallelism
 IN PROC. SYMPOSIUM ON PARALLEL ALGORITHMS AND ARCHITECTURES
, 1995
"... Many highlevel parallel programming languages allow for finegrained parallelism. As in the popular worktime framework for parallel algorithm design, programs written in such languages can express the full parallelism in the program without specifying the mapping of program tasks to processors. A ..."
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Many highlevel parallel programming languages allow for finegrained parallelism. As in the popular worktime framework for parallel algorithm design, programs written in such languages can express the full parallelism in the program without specifying the mapping of program tasks to processors. A common concern in executing such programs is to schedule tasks to processors dynamically so as to minimize not only the execution time, but also the amount of space (memory) needed. Without careful scheduling, the parallel execution on p processors can use a factor of p or larger more space than a sequential implementation of the same program. This paper first identifies a class of parallel schedules that are provably efficient in both time and space. For any
The QueueRead QueueWrite PRAM Model: Accounting for Contention in Parallel Algorithms
 Proc. 5th ACMSIAM Symp. on Discrete Algorithms
, 1997
"... Abstract. This paper introduces the queueread queuewrite (qrqw) parallel random access machine (pram) model, which permits concurrent reading and writing to sharedmemory locations, but at a cost proportional to the number of readers/writers to any one memory location in a given step. Prior to thi ..."
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Abstract. This paper introduces the queueread queuewrite (qrqw) parallel random access machine (pram) model, which permits concurrent reading and writing to sharedmemory locations, but at a cost proportional to the number of readers/writers to any one memory location in a given step. Prior to this work there were no formal complexity models that accounted for the contention to memory locations, despite its large impact on the performance of parallel programs. The qrqw pram model reflects the contention properties of most commercially available parallel machines more accurately than either the wellstudied crcw pram or erew pram models: the crcw model does not adequately penalize algorithms with high contention to sharedmemory locations, while the erew model is too strict in its insistence on zero contention at each step. The�qrqw pram is strictly more powerful than the erew pram. This paper shows a separation of log n between the two models, and presents faster and more efficient qrqw algorithms for several basic problems, such as linear compaction, leader election, and processor allocation. Furthermore, we present a workpreserving emulation of the qrqw pram with only logarithmic slowdown on Valiant’s bsp model, and hence on hypercubetype noncombining networks, even when latency, synchronization, and memory granularity overheads are taken into account. This matches the bestknown emulation result for the erew pram, and considerably improves upon the bestknown efficient emulation for the crcw pram on such networks. Finally, the paper presents several lower bound results for this model, including lower bounds on the time required for broadcasting and for leader election.
Simple Fast Parallel Hashing by Oblivious Execution
 AT&T Bell Laboratories
, 1994
"... A hash table is a representation of a set in a linear size data structure that supports constanttime membership queries. We show how to construct a hash table for any given set of n keys in O(lg lg n) parallel time with high probability, using n processors on a weak version of a crcw pram. Our algo ..."
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A hash table is a representation of a set in a linear size data structure that supports constanttime membership queries. We show how to construct a hash table for any given set of n keys in O(lg lg n) parallel time with high probability, using n processors on a weak version of a crcw pram. Our algorithm uses a novel approach of hashing by "oblivious execution" based on probabilistic analysis to circumvent the parity lower bound barrier at the nearlogarithmic time level. The algorithm is simple and is sketched by the following: 1. Partition the input set into buckets by a random polynomial of constant degree. 2. For t := 1 to O(lg lg n) do (a) Allocate M t memory blocks, each of size K t . (b) Let each bucket select a block at random, and try to injectively map its keys into the block using a random linear function. Buckets that fail carry on to the next iteration. The crux of the algorithm is a careful a priori selection of the parameters M t and K t . The algorithm uses only O(lg lg...