Resource Oblivious Sorting on Multicores

Richard Cole, Vijaya Ramachandran
2017 ACM Transactions on Parallel Computing  
We present a deterministic sorting algorithm, SPMS (Sample, Partition, and Merge Sort), that interleaves the partitioning of a sample sort with merging. Sequentially, it sorts n elements in O(n n) time cache-obliviously with an optimal number of cache misses. The parallel complexity (or critical path length) of the algorithm is O( n · n), which improves on previous bounds for optimal cache oblivious sorting. The algorithm also has low false sharing costs. When scheduled by a work-stealing
more » ... ler in a multicore computing environment with a global shared memory and p cores, each having a cache of size M organized in blocks of size B, the costs of the additional cache misses and false sharing misses due to this parallel execution are bounded by the cost of O(S· M/B) and O(S · B) cache misses respectively, where S is the number of steals performed during the execution. Finally, SPMS is resource oblivious in Athat the dependence on machine parameters appear only in the analysis of its performance, and not within the algorithm itself.
doi:10.1145/3040221 fatcat:sqh4ozlzq5fq5eommeo6onrscy