Title page for ETD etd-11262007-164715

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hickman, Joseph
Author's Email Address hickmanj@vt.edu
URN etd-11262007-164715
Title An Analysis of an Interrupt-Driven Implementation of the Master-Worker Model with Application-Specific Coprocessors
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Patterson, Cameron D. Committee Co-Chair
Plassmann, Paul E. Committee Co-Chair
Jones, Mark T. Committee Member
  • master-worker model
  • application-specific coprocessor
  • parallel programming
  • heterogeneous architecture
  • FPGA
Date of Defense 2007-11-12
Availability unrestricted
In this thesis, we present a versatile parallel programming model composed of an individual general-purpose processor aided by several application-specific coprocessors. These computing units operate under a simplification of the master-worker model. The user-defined coprocessors may be either homogeneous or heterogeneous. We analyze system performance with regard to system size and task granularity, and we present experimental results to determine the optimal operating conditions. Finally, we consider the suitability of this approach for scientific simulations – specifically for use in agent-based models of biological systems.
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