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Assessing gains from parallel computation on supercomputers

  • Lilia Maliar


    (Universidad de Alicante)

We assess gains from parallel computation on Backlight supercomputer. We find that information transfers are expensive. To make parallel computation efficient, a task per core must be sufficiently large, ranging from few seconds to one minute depending on the number of cores employed. For small problems, the shared memory programming (OpenMP) leads to a higher efficiency of parallelization than the distributive memory programming (MPI).

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2013-10.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2013-10
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