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Volume 48, Number 2, Page 153 (2004)
Deep Computing
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A new load-balancing strategy for the solution of dynamical large-tree-search problems using a hierarchical approach

by S. Crivelli, T. Head-Gordon
We describe a new load-balancing strategy, applied here to the protein structure prediction problem, for improving the efficiency of the hierarchical approach when dealing with coarse-grained problems associated with large tree searches. Unlike other load-balancing strategies that reassign load from the heavily loaded processors to the lightly loaded or idle ones, the proposed strategy changes the virtual communication tree among the processors as the computational tree changes. The strategy incurs minimal overhead and is scalable.
Related Subjects: Algorithms; Computation; Parallel processing