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Title: Multi-jagged: A scalable parallel spatial partitioning algorithm

Geometric partitioning is fast and effective for load-balancing dynamic applications, particularly those requiring geometric locality of data (particle methods, crash simulations). We present, to our knowledge, the first parallel implementation of a multidimensional-jagged geometric partitioner. In contrast to the traditional recursive coordinate bisection algorithm (RCB), which recursively bisects subdomains perpendicular to their longest dimension until the desired number of parts is obtained, our algorithm does recursive multi-section with a given number of parts in each dimension. By computing multiple cut lines concurrently and intelligently deciding when to migrate data while computing the partition, we minimize data movement compared to efficient implementations of recursive bisection. We demonstrate the algorithm's scalability and quality relative to the RCB implementation in Zoltan on both real and synthetic datasets. Our experiments show that the proposed algorithm performs and scales better than RCB in terms of run-time without degrading the load balance. Lastly, our implementation partitions 24 billion points into 65,536 parts within a few seconds and exhibits near perfect weak scaling up to 6K cores.
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  1. The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1045-9219; 642142
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1045-9219
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) (SC-21)
Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; geometric partitioning; spatial partitioning; recursive bisection; jagged partitioning; load balancing
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