[mpiwg-rma] RMA WG Telecon

Jeff Hammond jeff.science at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 00:38:34 CDT 2018

Noncoherent shared memory was discussed in MPI-3 days but we have no hardware to motivate it besides Intel SCC and that was not widely available. 

Now that things like NVIDIA UM exist, there is a nontrivial hardware platform that think about if we try to define such features. However, I’m not aware of NVIDIA publishing a formal memory model for CUDA or any generation of hardware. Furthermore, one cannot - AFAIK - run an real MPI process on a GPU, so one would only be able to reason about noncoherent window memory living on GPU(s) but accessed only by CPUs. That’s much less interesting. 

Anyways, Jeff who works for Intel defers to literally anybody else who lays claim to superior understanding of NVIDIA stuff. 

Another angle would be to try to align MPI shared memory with OpenCL 2.2 SVM variants. I know exactly who to talk to about that topic.


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> On Sep 11, 2018, at 10:26 PM, Mark Hoemmen via mpiwg-rma <mpiwg-rma at lists.mpi-forum.org> wrote:
> I’m sorry to have missed this — I’m very much interested in C++ binding and interoperability issues.  I know Jeff at least is involved in our weekly C++ heterogeneity phone meetings — we’re trying to move the Standard to support multiple memory spaces in a sane way, and I think it helps to have RDMA represented there as well.  We’ve also thought a bit about wrapping MPI RDMA in Kokkos, and about making the mdspan proposal flexible enough that we could perhaps support RDMA with it as  well. The most interesting bit might be actually introducing semantics for noncoherent shared memory into the Standard — I think we want to go there eventually but it is really hard, and I think y’all are well equipped to help. 
> Best, 
> Mark Hoemmen
>> On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 1:21 PM Balaji, Pavan via mpiwg-rma <mpiwg-rma at lists.mpi-forum.org> wrote:
>> All,
>> We are restarting the RMA WG telecons.    A subset of the following proposals will be discussed during this call.
>> - Interoperability of MPI shared memory with C11, C++11 language semantics.  Lead: Bill Gropp
>> - MPI Generalized atomics.  Lead: Pavan Balaji
>> - Neighborhood communication in RMA.  Lead: Nathan Hjelm
>> - Nonblocking RMA synchronization.  Lead: Pavan Balaji
>> - RMA Notify.  Leads: Jim and Torsten
>> - MPI_IN_PLACE semantics for collectives on shared memory.  Lead: Pavan Balaji
>> - Relax constraints on MPI_WIN_SHARED_QUERY.  Lead: Jeff Hammond
>> - <Unnamed proposal>.  Lead: Nathan Hjelm_______________________________________________
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