The Design of OpenMP Tasks

E. Ayguade, N. Copty, A. Duran, J. Hoeflinger, Yuan Lin, F. Massaioli, X. Teruel, P. Unnikrishnan, Guansong Zhang
2009 IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems  
OpenMP has been very successful in exploiting structured parallelism in applications. With increasing application complexity, there is a growing need for addressing irregular parallelism in the presence of complicated control structures. This is evident in various efforts by the industry and research communities to provide a solution to this challenging problem. One of the primary goals of OpenMP 3.0 was to define a standard dialect to express and to exploit unstructured parallelism
more » ... This paper presents the design of the OpenMP tasking model by members of the OpenMP 3.0 tasking subcommittee which was formed for this purpose. This paper summarizes the efforts of the subcommittee (spanning over two years) in designing, evaluating, and seamlessly integrating the tasking model into the OpenMP specification. In this paper, we present the design goals and key features of the tasking model, including a rich set of examples and an in-depth discussion of the rationale behind various design choices. We compare a prototype implementation of the tasking model with existing models, and evaluate it on a wide range of applications. The comparison shows that the OpenMP tasking model provides expressiveness, flexibility, and huge potential for performance and scalability.
doi:10.1109/tpds.2008.105 fatcat:kbfeh3kxjzaddlknavazuowlzu