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Design and Implementation of Scalable and Efficient Programming Models for Fast Computation and Data Processing




Que, Xinyu

Type of Degree



Computer Science


Despite the tremendous growth of computational power, scientific applications and business data analytics continue to face many challenges such as programming productivity, application scalability, and efficiency. Recently, Global Address Space (GAS) or Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) programming models are emerging as because of their ability to alleviate programming burden by supporting data access to both local and remote memory through a simple shared-memory addressing model. Meanwhile, with the exponential growth of the digital universe, the MapReduce programming model becomes popular for data analytics because of its ease of use, low cost on commodity hardware, fault tolerance, and programming flexibility. Furthermore, with social media data gets bigger, relationships inside social media data get complex and have normally been modeled as massive graphs, which require scalable algorithms to analyze the real-world graphs for data processing. This dissertation investigates the research challenges in those directions and contributes efficient and scalable programming models for fast computation and data processing. It first focuses on addressing the critical challenges faced by the underlying runtime systems of GAS model on petascale systems. In particular, I have proposed and designed a Hierarchical Cooperation (HiCOO) supporting scalable communication for GAS programming models, which is able to realize scalable resource management and achieve resilience to network contention while at the same time maintaining or enhancing the performance of scientific applications. The second study is to address the performance challenge in the existing MapReduce programming model. I have revealed a number of issues faced by the current MapReduce Programming mode and proposed a novel virtual shuffling strategy to enable efficient data movement for MapReduce data shuffling phase, which is able to significantly reduce disk I/O accesses and results in performance improvement and power consumption saving. The third study is on large-scale graph processing. I have designed and implemented a parallel community detection algorithm over distributed memory system. It can perform community analysis in real-time for massive graphs.