Due: Thursday, December 4th
(1) Consider the situation in which each processor wants to send data
to a few other processors. Every message is of a different large
size. For instance, processor 23 might want to send 92 values to
processor 14 and 173 values to processor 37. Each processor knows
how much data it wants to send to which processors, but does NOT
know who it will be receiving data from or how much. Thus it would
appear that it cannot make the required MPI_Recv calls, nor can it
allocate the needed memory for the incoming data.
Sketch an algorithm to perform this highly unstructured
communication operation in terms of high-level pseudo-code. Your
pseudo-code should include memory allocation for the incoming data.
For sending/receiving the large data sets you should use
regular MPI_Sends and asynchronous MPI_Irecvs with the necessary
accompanying MPI_Waits (in any of its forms).
(2) Recall the parallel 2-D FFT algorithms discussed in class.
Processors initially own one or more rows of the 2-D data set
(matrix) and perform 1-D FFTs on their rows. After a matrix
transpose, each processor owns one or more columns of the matrix
and can again perform 1-D FFTs on that data. A final transpose
restores the matrix to its original form. Two algorithms for
performing the matrix transpose were discussed. In the first
algorithm (all-to-all), every processor sends one chunk of data to
every other processor. After appropriate on-processor data
rearrangement, the matrix is transposed. In the second algorithm
(logarithmic), there are log(P) stages. At each stage, each
processor pairs with one other processor and exchanges half of
its data with that processor. Again, with appropriate
on-processor data rearrangement at every stage, the matrix ends up
Now consider performing a parallel FFT on an order N matrix with
P processors. For simplicity you may assume that N is
greater than or equal to P and
that both N and P are powers-of-two. Write a formula for the
total time to compute a 2-d double-precision complex FFT for
each of the two algorithms, as a function of N, P, and the
usual communication startup alpha, inverse bandwidth per byte
beta, and time per flop tau. Include a term for the cost of
data rearrangement where delta is the time per byte to copy a
data value from one memory location to another. Note: a
double-precision complex datum is 16 bytes and the number of flops
needed to perform a 1-D complex FFT of length N is 5N*log(N).
On Sandia's Intel Tflops machine, the following values are
approximately correct (in nanoseconds): alpha = 20000,
beta = 3 and tau = 20 for 1-D FFTs,
and delta = 1. What is the CPU time, total Mflop
rate, and parallel efficiency for each of the algorithms to
perform a 2048x2048 FFT on 32 processors? On 256 processors?
(3) Consider dense matrix-vector multiplication for the important case in which the matrix is symmetric. We would like to only store only about N*N/2 values instead of all N*N. Construct a parallel algorithm in (very) high-level pseudo-code for this problem that uses a 2-D decomposition and the checkerboarding idea described in class for exploiting Newton's third law in particle simulations. You can assume that the number of processors is a perfect square. What is the communication cost of your algorithm?