Generalized Flow-Graph Programming Using Template Task-Graphs: Initial Implementation and Assessment

TitleGeneralized Flow-Graph Programming Using Template Task-Graphs: Initial Implementation and Assessment
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsSchuchart, J., P. Nookala, M. Mahdi Javanmard, T. Herault, E. F. Valeev, G. Bosilca, and R. J. Harrison
Conference Name2022 IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS)
Date Published2022-07
Conference LocationLyon, France

We present and evaluate TTG, a novel programming model and its C++ implementation that by marrying the ideas of control and data flowgraph programming supports compact specification and efficient distributed execution of dynamic and irregular applications. Programming interfaces that support task-based execution often only support shared memory parallel environments; a few support distributed memory environments, either by discovering the entire DAG of tasks on all processes, or by introducing explicit communications. The first approach limits scalability, while the second increases the complexity of programming. We demonstrate how TTG can address these issues without sacrificing scalability or programmability by providing higher-level abstractions than conventionally provided by task-centric programming systems, without impeding the ability of these runtimes to manage task creation and execution as well as data and resource management efficiently. TTG supports distributed memory execution over 2 different task runtimes, PaRSEC and MADNESS. Performance of four paradigmatic applications (in graph analytics, dense and block-sparse linear algebra, and numerical integrodifferential calculus) with various degrees of irregularity implemented in TTG is illustrated on large distributed-memory platforms and compared to the state-of-the-art implementations.

External Publication Flag: