Co-Scheduling Amdhal Applications on Cache-Partitioned Systems

TitleCo-Scheduling Amdhal Applications on Cache-Partitioned Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAupy, G., A. Benoit, S. Dai, L. Pottier, P. Raghavan, Y. Robert, and M. Shantharam
JournalInternational Journal of High Performance Computing Applications
Date Published2018-01
Keywordscache partitioning, co-scheduling, complexity results

Cache-partitioned architectures allow subsections of the shared last-level cache (LLC) to be exclusively reserved for some applications. This technique dramatically limits interactions between applications that are concurrently executing on a multicore machine. Consider n applications that execute concurrently, with the objective to minimize the makespan, defined as the maximum completion time of the n applications. Key scheduling questions are as follows: (i) which proportion of cache and (ii) how many processors should be given to each application? In this article, we provide answers to (i) and (ii) for Amdahl applications. Even though the problem is shown to be NP-complete, we give key elements to determine the subset of applications that should share the LLC (while remaining ones only use their smaller private cache). Building upon these results, we design efficient heuristics for Amdahl applications. Extensive simulations demonstrate the usefulness of co-scheduling when our efficient cache partitioning strategies are deployed.

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