BSF: a parallel computation model for scalability estimation of iterative numerical algorithms on cluster computing systems

08/08/2020 ∙ by Leonid B. Sokolinsky, et al. ∙ 0

This paper examines a new parallel computation model called bulk synchronous farm (BSF) that focuses on estimating the scalability of compute-intensive iterative algorithms aimed at cluster computing systems. In the BSF model, a computer is a set of processor nodes connected by a network and organized according to the master/slave paradigm. A cost metric of the BSF model is presented. This cost metric requires the algorithm to be represented in the form of operations on lists. This allows us to derive an equation that predicts the scalability boundary of a parallel program: the maximum number of processor nodes after which the speedup begins to decrease. The paper includes several examples of applying the BSF model to designing and analyzing parallel nu-merical algorithms. The large-scale computational experiments conducted on a cluster computing system confirm the adequacy of the analytical estimations obtained using the BSF model.

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