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ScienceAsia 37 (2011): 268-276 |doi: 10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.2011.37.268


On efficiency improvement of grid applications


Sirod Sirisup*, Suriya U-ruekolan

 
ABSTRACT:     Grid computing technology addresses the growing need for computing resources in simulation-based engineering and science (SBES). However, optimal performance of grid computing technology requires `virtually tightly coupled' computing resources. This, though, may not be economically available in many research societies. In this work, we propose a new approach to improve performance of a typical parallel application for SBES on a `virtually not tightly coupled' grid computing environment. To this end, we have proposed, implemented, and investigated the performance of a new grid programming technique based on the Global Arrays toolkit and multi-level topology-aware approach. We have found that performance of the evaluating application implemented with this new technique outperforms both MPICH-G2 and native Global Arrays implementations, but is still comparable to that of the application implemented with OpenMP, the native Symmetric-Multi Processors programming.

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Large-Scale Simulation Research Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahon Yothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand

* Corresponding author, E-mail: sirod.sirisup@nectec.or.th

Received 9 Aug 2010, Accepted 31 Aug 2011