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Playing Tic-Tac-Toe Against Computers
By Clay Breshears (Intel) Posted on 11/22/06 0
The first thing that popped into my head as I sat watching the denouement of War Games was "Why is it taking so long for WOPR to exhaust all of those tic-tac-toe combinations?" I mean, there are only 362,880 (9 factorial) different games that could be played, and that counts all the games that ar...
Grainsize - Director's Cut
By Arch D. Robison (Intel) Posted on 11/20/06 0
The parallel loop templates in Intel® TBB require a grainsize parameter. Ideally, we'd have some sort of profile-guided optimization. But that's tough to do within TBB's goal of working with standard-issue compilers. It's really not that difficult to understand and set. I had this analogy in a dr...
A Field of Nails
By Clay Breshears (Intel) Posted on 11/20/06 3
At times it seems that Intel is playing the part of Chicken Little (from the fable, not the movie) by running around endlessly pushing the "Multithreading is necessary!" mantra. The other day, Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, and I were rushing around chatting up all the advantages of threading applicat...
You're in the Hills... Now What Do You Do?
By Clay Breshears (Intel) Posted on 11/16/06 0
Like every other programming, threading is more of an art than a science. You have to learn what all the tools are and how to use all of them properly. From my own experience with stained glass, you have to know the different types and styles of glass, how to cut and break the glass into the desi...
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Locking CPU cache lines for a thread ( L1)
By Younis A.14
Hi I'm working on securing access to L1 cache by locking it line by line. Is there any way to do it? For example, two threads accessing the L1 and L1 lines are locked for a certain time to each thread accessed them. Regards, Younis
Responsive OpenMP Theads in Hybrid Parallel Environment
By Don K.1
I have a Fortran code that runs both MPI and OpenMP.  I have done some profiling of the code on an 8 core windows laptop varying the number of mpi  tasks vs. openmp threads and have some understanding of where some performance bottlenecks for each parallel method might surface.  The problem I am having is when I port over to a Linux cluster with several 8-core nodes.  Specifically, my openmp thread parallelism performance is very poor.  Running 8 mpi tasks per node is significantly faster than 8 openmp threads per node (1 mpi task), but even 2 omp threads + 4 mpi tasks runs was running very slowly, more so than I could solely attribute to a thread starvation issue.  I saw a few related posts in this area and am hoping for further insight and recommendations in to this issue.  What I have tried so far ... 1.  setenv OMP_WAIT_POLICY active      ## seems to make sense 2.  setenv KMP_BLOCKTIME 1          ## this is counter to what I have read but when I set this to a large number (2500...
Optimizing cilk with ternary conditional
By Fabio G.3
What is the best way to optimize the cycle cilk_for(i=0;i<n;i++){ x[i]=x[i]<0?0:x[i]; }or somethings like that? Thanks, Fabio
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Optimizing reduce_by_key implementation using TBB
By Shruti R.0
Hello Everyone, I'm quite new to TBB & have been trying to optimize reduce_by_key implementation using TBB constructs. However serial STL code is always outperforming the TBB code! It would be helpful if I'm given an idea about how reduce_by_key can be improvised using tbb::parallel_scan. Any help at the earliest would be much appreciated. Thanks.
reading a shared variable
By VIKRANT G.4
hello everyone I am relatively new to parallel programming and have the following doubt:- is reading a shared variable(that is not modified by any thread) without using locks a good practice thanks for the help in advance  
Weird Openmp bug
By Cheng C.1
Dear all, I want to combine OpenMP and RSA_public_encrypt and RSA_private_decrypt routines. However, I was confused by a weird bug for a few days.    In the attached program, if I generated 2 threads for parallel encryption and decryption, everything works well. If I generated 3 or more threads, the RSA_public_encrypt routine works fine. All strings are successfully encrypted (encrypt_len=256). However, the RSA_private_decrypt routine went wrong, that is, only one thread works properly, all the other threads failed to decrypt some of the strings (decrypt_len=-1, rsa_eay_private_decrypt padding check failed). If there are 1000 strings and 4 threads, the total number of string failed to decrypt went around 710 (some times as low as around 200). So as expected, if I use 4 threads for parallel RSA_public_encrypt and one thread for RSA_private_decrypt, nothing went wrong.   It would be great if you could give some ideas. Thanks very much.    #include <openssl/rsa.h> #include <...
performance loss
By Bo W.8
Hi, some interesting performance loss happened with my measurements. I have a system with two sockets, each socket is a E5-2680 processor. Each processor has 8 cores and with hyper-threading. The hyper-threading was ignored.  On this system, I started a program 16 times at the same time and each time pinned the program to different cores. At first, i set all cores to 2.7GHz and saw : Program 0 Runtime 7.7s Program 8 Runtime 7.63s And then, i set  cores on the second socket  to 1.2GHz and saw: Program 0 Runtime 12.18s Program 8 Runtime 15.73s The program 8 ran slower. It is clear, because core 8 had lower frequency. But why was program 0 also slower? Its frequency wasn't touched.   Regards, Bo
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