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Integrating PGAS and MPI-based Graph Analysis

McCrary, Trevor M.; Devine, Karen D.; Younge, Andrew J.

This project demonstrates that Chapel programs can interface with MPI-based libraries written in C++ without storing multiple copies of shared data. Chapel is a language for productive parallel computing using global address spaces (PGAS). We identified two approaches to interface Chapel code with the MPI-based Grafiki and Trilinos libraries. The first uses a single Chapel executable to call a C function that interacts with the C++ libraries. The second uses the mmap function to allow separate executables to read and write to the same block of memory on a node. We also encapsulated the second approach in Docker/Singularity containers to maximize ease of use. Comparisons of the two approaches using shared and distributed memory installations of Chapel show that both approaches provide similar scalability and performance.