Worksharing Tasks: An Efficient Way to Exploit Irregular and Fine-Grained Loop Parallelism

04/07/2020 ∙ by M. Maronas, et al. ∙ 0

Shared memory programming models usually provide worksharing and task constructs. The former relies on the efficient fork-join execution model to exploit structured parallelism; while the latter relies on fine-grained synchronization among tasks and a flexible data-flow execution model to exploit dynamic, irregular, and nested parallelism. On applications that show both structured and unstructured parallelism, both worksharing and task constructs can be combined. However, it is difficult to mix both execution models without penalizing the data-flow execution model. Hence, on many applications structured parallelism is also exploited using tasks to leverage the full benefits of a pure data-flow execution model. However, task creation and management might introduce a non-negligible overhead that prevents the efficient exploitation of fine-grained structured parallelism, especially on many-core processors. In this work, we propose worksharing tasks. These are tasks that internally leverage worksharing techniques to exploit fine-grained structured loop-based parallelism. The evaluation shows promising results on several benchmarks and platforms.

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