Runtime Address Space Computation for SDSM Systems

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This paper explores the benefits and limitations of using a inspector/executor approach for Software Distributed Shared Memory (SDSM) systems. The role of the inspector is to obtain a description of the address space accessed during the execution of parallel loops. The information collected by the inspector will enable the runtime to optimize the movement of shared data that will happen during the executor phase. This paper addresses the main issues that have been considered to embed an inspector/executor model in a SDSM system: amount of data collected by the inspector, the accurateness of this data when the loop has data and/or control dependences, and the computational overhead introduced. The paper also includes a description of the SDSM system where the inspector/executor model has been embedded. The proposal is evaluated with four applications from the NAS benchmark suite. The evaluation shows that the accuracy of the inspection and the small overheads introduced by the approach allow its use in a SDSM system.