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Experience with Memory Allocators for Parallel Mesh Generation on Multicore Architectures


Andrey Chernikov, Christos Antonopoulos, Nikos Chrisochoides, Scott Schneider and Dimitris Nikolopoulos.


Published in 10th International Conference on Numerical Grid Generation in Computational Field Simulations, Published on CD-ROM, Forth, Crete, Greece, September, 2007




Scalable and locality-aware multiprocessor memory allocators are critical for harnessing the potential of emerging multithreaded and multicore architectures. This paper evaluates two state-of-the-art generic multithreaded allocators designed for both scalability and locality, against custom allocators, written to optimize the multithreaded implementation of parallel mesh generation algorithms. We use three different algorithms in terms of communication/ synchronization requirements. The implementations of all three algorithms are heavily dependent on dynamically allocated pointer-based data structures and all three use optimized internal memory allocators based on application-specific knowledge. For our study we used memory allocators which are implemented and evaluated on two real multiprocessors with a multi-SMT (quad Hyperthreaded Intel) and a multi-CMP/SMT (dual IBM Power5) organization. Our results indicate that properly engineered generic memory allocators can come close or sometimes exceed (in sequential allocation) the performance of custom multi-threaded allocators. These results suggest that in the near future we should be able to develop generic multi-threaded allocators that can adapt to application characteristics and increase productivity without compromising performance.




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