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Encapsulating Multiple CommunicationCost Metrics in Partitioning Sparse Rectangular Matrices for Parallel MatrixVector Multiplies
"... This paper addresses the problem of onedimensional partitioning of structurally unsymmetricsquare and rectangular sparse matrices for parallel matrixvector and matrixtransposevector multiplies. The objective is to minimize the communication cost while maintaining the balance on computational load ..."
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This paper addresses the problem of onedimensional partitioning of structurally unsymmetricsquare and rectangular sparse matrices for parallel matrixvector and matrixtransposevector multiplies. The objective is to minimize the communication cost while maintaining the balance on computational loads of processors. Most of the existing partitioning models consider only the total message volume hoping that minimizing this communicationcost metric is likely to reduce other metrics. However, the total message latency (startup time) may be more important than the total message volume. Furthermore, the maximum message volume and latency handled by a single processor are also important metrics. We propose a twophase approach that encapsulates all these four communicationcost metrics. The objective in the first phase is to minimize the total message volume while maintainingthe computationalload balance. The objective in the second phase is to encapsulate the remaining three communicationcost metrics. We propose communicationhypergraph and partitioning models for the second phase. We then present several methods for partitioning communication hypergraphs. Experiments on a wide range of test matrices show that the proposed approach yields very effective partitioning results. A parallel implementation on a PC cluster verifies that the theoretical improvements shown by partitioning results hold in practice.