Atmospheric models hybrid OpenMP/MPI implementation multicore cluster evaluation
by Carla Osthoff; Francieli Zanon Boito; Rodrigo Virote Kassick; Laércio Lima Pilla; Philippe O.A. Navaux; Claudio Schepke; Jairo Panetta; Pablo Javier Grunmann; Nicolas Maillard; Pedro L. Silva Dias; Robert L. Walko
International Journal of Information Technology, Communications and Convergence (IJITCC), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012

Abstract: Atmospheric models usually demand high processing power and generate large amounts of data. As the degree of parallelism grows, the I/O operations may become the major impacting factor of their performance. This work shows that a hybrid MPI/OpenMP implementation can improve the performance of the atmospheric model ocean-land-atmosphere model (OLAM) on a multicore cluster environment. We show that the hybrid MPI/OpenMP version of OLAM decreases the number of output files, resulting in better performance for I/O operations. We have evaluated OLAM on the parallel file system PVFS and shown that storing the files on PVFS results in lower performance than using the local disks of the cluster nodes due as a consequence of file creation and network concurrency. We have also shown that further parallel optimisations should be included in the hybrid version in order to improve the parallel execution time of OLAM.

Online publication date: Wed, 14-Nov-2012

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