Mashing load balancing algorithm to boost hybrid kernels in molecular dynamics simulations

Raúl Nozal, Jose Luis Bosque
Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
The Journal of Supercomputing, 79, 1065–1080, 2023


   title={Mashing load balancing algorithm to boost hybrid kernels in molecular dynamics simulations},

   author={Nozal, Ra{‘u}l and Bosque, Jose Luis},

   journal={The Journal of Supercomputing},







The path to the efficient exploitation of molecular dynamics simulators is strongly driven by the increasingly intensive use of accelerators. However, they suffer performance portability issues, making it necessary both to achieve technological combinations that allow taking advantage of each programming model and device, and to define more effective load distribution strategies that consider the simulation conditions. In this work, a new load balancing algorithm is presented, together with a set of optimizations to support hybrid co-execution in a runtime system for heterogeneous computing. The new extended design enables the exploitation of custom kernels and acceleration technologies altogether, being encapsulated for the rest of the runtime and its scheduling system. With this support, Mash algorithm allows to simultaneously leverage different workload distribution strategies, benefiting from the most advantageous one per device and technology. Experiments show that these proposals achieve an efficiency close to 0.90 and an energy efficiency improvement around 1.80 over the original optimized version.
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