CMSC 714 (Fall 2006)

Revised Reading List (as of 10/24/06)



8/31 Parallel Computing and Parallel Computers

Lecture Notes

9/5 (Sussman?) Applications of Parallel Computing

Lecture Notes

Programming Models

9/7 (meets 9/8)  Expressing Parallelism (Explicit Control)

"The PVM Concurrent Computing System: Evolution, Experiences, and Trends", (Postscript)

J. J. Dongarra, S. W. Otto, M. Snir, and D. Walker, "A message passing standard for MPP and workstations," CACM, 39(7), 1996, pp. 84-90. (PDF)


9/12 Introduction to Debugging Parallel Program (Guest Lecture)



9/14 (meets 9/15) Expressing Parallelism (Implicit Control)

William W. Carlson , et al, “Introduction to UPC and Language Specification”, CCS-TR-99-157, (PDF)

L. Dagum and R. Menon, "OpenMP: An Industry-Standard API for Shared-Memory Programming," IEEE Computational Science & Engineering, 5(1), 1998, pp. 46-55. (PDF)

9/19 Expressing Parallelism (Hybrids)

Kathy Yelick et. al., "Titanium: A High Performance Java Dialect", Concurrency: Practice & Experience, 10(11-13), 1998. (PDF)

Steve W. Bova et. al., "Parallel Programming with Message Passing and Directives", Computing in Science & Engineering, 3(5), 2001, pp. 22-37, (PDF)


9/21 Expressing Parallelism (Data Layout)

"Compiling HPF for Distributed Memory MIMD Computers", (Postscript)

“14.9 TFLOPS Three-dimensional Fluid Simulation for Fusion Science with HPF on the Earth  Simulator,”  Hitoshi Sakagami, Hitoshi Murai, Yoshiki Seo, Mitsuo Yokokawa,  SC’02 (PDF)



9/26 Shared Memory

Laudon, J., Lenoski, D., “The SGI Origin: a ccNUMA highly scalable server”, ISCA '97, pp. 241-51, May 1997 (PDF)

Alan E Charlesworth , “The Sun Fireplane System Interconnect “, Proceedings of SC’01, Nov. 2001. (PDF)

9/28 Message Passing and Communication

Fabrizio Petrini. Wu-chun Feng,  Adolfy Hoisie, Salvador Coll, Eitan Frachtenberg, “The Quadrics Network: High-Performance Clustering Technology,” IEEE Micro Jan-Feb 2002, pp. 46-57. (PDF)

S. L. Scott, "Synchronization and Communication in the T3E Multiprocessor", Proc. ASPLOS VII, Cambridge, MA, Oct. 1996 (Postscript)

10/3 Vectors and Threading

Gail Alverson, Preston Briggs, Susan , Simon Kahan, Richard Korry, “Tera hardware-software cooperation”, SC’97, Nov. 1997, (PDF)

P. H. Worley, and T. H. Dunigan, Jr., Early Performance Evaluation of the Cray X1 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory”, Cray User’s Group Conference, Columbus, OH, May 12-16, 2003, (PDF)


10/5 Not Vector, Not Commodity

A. Gara, et. al, “Overview of the Blue Gene/L system architecture”, IBM Journal of Research and Development, 49(2/3) Fall 2005, (PDF)


A. E. Eichenberger , et. al, “Using advanced compiler technology to exploit the performance of the Cell Broadband Engine™ architecture”, IBM Systems Journal, 45(1), Jan. 2006, (PDF)


10/10 Computational Grids

I. Foster and C. Kesselman, "Computational Grids", Chapter 2 of The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure, Morgan Kaufmann, 1999. (PDF)

A. Chervenak, I. Foster, C. Kesselman, C. Salisbury, S. Tuecke, "The Data Grid: Towards an Architecture for the Distributed Management and Analysis of Large Scientific Datasets",  Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 23:187-200, 2001. (PDF)



10/12 Event Ordering

L. Lamport, "Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System," CACM, 21(7), 1978, pp. 558-564 (PDF).

S. Savage, M. Burrows, G. Nelson, P. Sobalvarro, and T. Anderson, "Eraser: A Dynamic Data Race Detector for Multi-Threaded Programs," Proceedings of the 16th Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (PDF).


10/17 Performance Metrics

A. J. Goldberg and J. L. Hennessy, "Performance Debugging Shared Memory Multiprocessor Programs with MTOOL", Supercomputing'91. Nov. 18-22, 1991, Albuquerque, NM, pp. 481-490 (PDF).

J. K. Hollingsworth, "Critical Path Profiling of Message Passing and Shared-memory Programs," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing, 9(10), 1998, pp. 1029-1040. (PDF).


10/19 Data Collection and Instrumentation

J. R. Larus and E. Schnarr, "EEL: Machine-Independent Executable Editing", In Proceedings of the 1995 SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, pages 291-300, June 1995. (Postscript).

B. R. Buck and J.K. Hollingsworth , “An API for Runtime Code Patching,” Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, 14 (4) (Winter 2000), pp. 317-329. (PDF)


10/24 Scheduling - Short Term

John K Ousterhout, "Scheduling Techniques for Concurrent Systems", International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, 1982, pp 22-30.  (PDF).

A. C. Dusseau, R. H. Arpaci, D. E. Culler, "Effective Distributed Scheduling of Parallel Workloads", ACM SIGMETRICS Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems, May 1996, Philadelphia, PA. (PDF).


10/26  Performance Tools

L. A. De Rose, D. A. Reed, “SvPablo: A Multi-Language Architecture-Independent Performance Analysis System, Proceedings of the 1999 International Conference on Parallel Processing  (PDF).

B. P. Miller, M. D. Callaghan, J. M. Cargille, J. K. Hollingsworth, R. B. Irvin, K. L. Karavanic, K. Kunchithapadam, and T. Newhall, "The Paradyn Parallel Performance Measurement Tools", IEEE Computer, Nov. 1995. 28(11), pp. 37-46. (PDF)

10/31 Computational Steering

W. Gu, G. Eisenhauer, E. Kraemer, K. Schwan, J. Stasko, J. Vetter, and N. Mallavurupu, "Falcon: On-line Monitoring and Steering of Large-Scale Parallel Programs," Frontiers '95. Feb 6-9, 1995, McLean, VA, IEEE Press, pp. 422-429. (Postscript)

R. L. Ribler, J. S. Vetter, H. Simitci, and D. A. Reed, "Autopilot: Adaptive Control of Distributed Applications," High Performance Distributed Computing, Chicago, IL, pp. 172-9, 1998 (PDF).

11/2 Cache Tools

John Mellor-Crummey, David Whalley, Ken Kennedy,  “Improving Memory Hierarchy Performance for Irregular Applications Using Data and Computation Reorderings,” International Journal of Parallel Programming, 29(3), June 2001. (PDF)

Margaret Martonosi, Anoop Gupta, Thomas Anderson, “MemSpy: analyzing memory system bottlenecks in programs”, SIGMETRICS 92, (PDF)


11/7 Runtime Parallelism

S.J. Fink, S.R. Kohn, and S.B. Baden, Efficient Run-time Support for Irregular Block-Structured Applications”, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, 50(1), 1998. (PDF)

G. Agrawal, A. Sussman, and J. Saltz, An Integrated Runtime and Compile-time Approach for Parallelizing Structured and Block Structured Applications”, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing, 6(7), 1995. (PDF)


OS Issues

11/9  Scheduling – Batch Queues

D. G. Feitelson and A. M. a. Weil, "Utilization and Predictability in Scheduling the IBM SP2 with Backfilling," 2th Intl. Parallel Processing Symposium. April 1998, Orlando, Florida, pp. 542-546. (Use this extended form – (PDF)

J. Weinberg, A. Snavely, “Symbiotic Space-Sharing on SDSC's DataStar System”,  12th Workshop on Job Scheduling Strategies for Parallel Processing In Conjunction with SIGMETRICS 2006, Saint-Malo, France (PDF)


11/14 Midterm

11/16 Finding Idle Resources

M. Litzkow, M. Livny, and M. Mutka, "Condor - A Hunter of Idle Workstations," International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems. June 1988, pp. 104-111. (PDF).

K. D. Ryu, J. K. Hollingsworth, and P. Keleher , “:Efficient Network and I/O Throttling for Fine-Grain Cycle Stealing ,”  SC'01 November 2001 (PDF)

11/21 Work in Progress session.

11/23 Thanksgiving

11/28 Parallel I/O

Terry Jones, Alice Koniges and R. Kim Yates, “Performance of the IBM General Parallel File System,” 14th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS'00), (PDF)

A. Acharya, M. Uysal, and J. Saltz, "Active Disks: Programming Model, Algorithms and Evaluation," Eighth International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems. Oct.1998, San Jose, CA. (PDF)

11/30 Performance Prediction

M. E. Crovella, Thomas J. LeBlanc, "Parallel Performance Prediction Using Lost Cycles", Proceedings of Supercomputing '94, 1994. (Postscript)

L. Carrington, M. Laurenzano, A. Snavely, R. Campbell, L. Davis, “How Well Can Simple Metrics Represent the Performance of HPC Applications?”, Proceedings of SC’05, Nov. 2005, (PDF)




12/5 Gordon Bell Finalists

F. H. Streitz, J. N. Glosli, M. V. Patel, B. Chan, R. K. Yates, B. R. de Supinski, J. Sexton, J. A. Gunnels, “100+ TFlop Solidification Simulations on BlueGene/L”, Proceedings of SC’05, Nov. 2005,  (PDF)


P. M. Vranas, G. Bhanot, M. Blumrich, D. Chen, A. Gara, P. Heidelberger, V. Salapura, J. C. Sexton, “The BlueGene/L Supercomputer and Quantum Chromodynamics”, To Appear Proceedings of SC’06, Nov. 2006,  (PDF)

12/7 Project Presentations

12/12 Project Presentations