Tiling and Scheduling of Three-level Perfectly Nested Loops with Dependencies on Heterogeneous Systems


Ebrahim Zarei Zefreh
Shahriar Lotfi
Leyli Mohammad Khanli
Jaber Karimpour


Nested loops are one of the most time-consuming parts and the largest sources of parallelism in many scientific applications. In this paper, we address the problem of 3-dimensional tiling and scheduling of three-level perfectly nested loops with dependencies on heterogeneous systems. To exploit the parallelism, we tile and schedule nested loops with dependencies by awareness of computational power of the processing nodes and execute them in pipeline mode. The tile size plays an important role to improve the parallel execution time of nested loops. We develop and evaluate a theoretical model to estimate the parallel execution time of tilled nested loops. Also, we propose a tiling genetic algorithm that used the proposed model to find the near-optimal tile size, minimizing the parallel execution time of dependence nested loops. We demonstrate the accuracy of theoretical model and effectiveness of the proposed tiling genetic algorithm by several experiments on heterogeneous systems. The 3D tiling reduces the parallel execution time by a factor of 1.2x to 2x over the 2D tiling, while parallelizing 3D heat equation as a benchmark.