PaGrid

PaGrid: A mesh partitioner for computational grids. Computational Grids are emerging as a new infrastructure for high performance computing. Since the resources in a Grid can be heterogeneous and distributed, mesh-based applications require a mesh partitioner that considers both processor and network heterogeneity. We have developed a heterogeneous mesh partitioner, called PaGrid. PaGrid uses a multilevel graph partitioning approach, augmented by execution time load balancing in the final uncoarsening phase. We show that minimization of total communication cost (e.g., as used by JOSTLE) can lead to significant load being placed on processors connected by slow links, which results in higher application execution times. Therefore, PaGrid balances the estimated execution time of the application across processors. PaGrid performance is compared with two existing mesh partitioners, METIS $4.0$ and JOSTLE $3.0$, for mapping several application meshes to two models of heterogeneous computational Grids. PaGrid is found to produce significantly better partitions than JOSTLE and slightly better partitions than METIS in most cases, in terms of estimated application execution time averaged over a large number of runs with different random number seeds.