UPC++ as_eager Working Group Draft, Revision 2020.6.2
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UPC++ as_eager Working Group Draft, Revision 2020.6.2

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This draft proposes an extension for a new future-based completion variant that can be more effectively streamlined for RMA and atomic access operations that happen to be satisfied at runtime using purely node-local resources. Many such operations are most efficiently performed synchronously using load/store instructions on shared-memory mappings, where the actual access may only require a few CPU instructions. In such cases we believe it’s critical to minimize the overheads imposed by the UPC++ runtime and completion queues, in order to enable efficient operation on hierarchical node hardware using shared-memory bypass. The new upcxx::{source,operation}_cx::as_eager_future() completion variant accomplishes this goal by relaxing the current restriction that future-returning access operations must return a non-ready future whose completion is deferred until a subsequent explicit invocation of user-level progress. This relaxation allows access operations that are completed synchronously to instead return a ready future, thereby avoiding most or all of the runtime costs associated with deferment of future completion and subsequent mandatory entry into the progress engine. We additionally propose to make this new as_eager_future() completion variant the new default completion for communication operations that currently default to returning a future. This should encourage use of the streamlined variant, and may provide performance improvements to some codes without source changes. A mechanism is proposed to restore the legacy behavior on-demand for codes that might happen to rely on deferred completion for correctness. Finally, we propose a new as_eager_promise() completion variant that extends analogous improvements to promise-based completion, and corresponding changes to the default behavior of as_promise().

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