Exploiting Fine-Grained Data Parallelism with Chip Multiprocessors and Fast Barriers

@article{Sampson2006ExploitingFD,
  title={Exploiting Fine-Grained Data Parallelism with Chip Multiprocessors and Fast Barriers},
  author={Jack Sampson and Rub{\'e}n Gonz{\'a}lez and Jean-Francois Collard and Norman P. Jouppi and Mike Schlansker and Brad Calder},
  journal={2006 39th Annual IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO'06)},
  year={2006},
  pages={235-246}
}
We examine the ability of CMPs, due to their lower onchip communication latencies, to exploit data parallelism at inner-loop granularities similar to that commonly targeted by vector machines. Parallelizing code in this manner leads to a high frequency of barriers, and we explore the impact of different barrier mechanisms upon the efficiency of this approach. To further exploit the potential of CMPs for fine-grained data parallel tasks, we present barrier filters, a mechanism for fast barrier… CONTINUE READING
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