Parallel Execution for Serial Simulators

        This paper describes an approach to discrete event simulation modeling that appears to be effective for developing portable and efficient parallel execution of models of large distributed systems and communication networks. In this approach, the modeler develops sub-models with an existing sequential simulation modeling tool, using the full expressive power of the tool. A set of modeling language extensions permit automatically synchronized communication between sub-models; however, the automation requires that any such communication must take a non-zero amount of simulation time. Within this modeling paradigm, a variety of conservative synchronization protocols can transparently support conservative execution of sub-models on potentially different processors. A specific implementation of this approach, U.P.S. (Utilitarian Parallel Simulator), is described, along with performance results on the Intel Paragon and on the IBM SP2.

By: David M. Nicol (The College of William and Mary) and Philip Heidelberger

Published in: RC20205 in 1995


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