9-13 July 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria
Europe/Sofia timezone

I/O in the ATLAS multithreaded framework

10 Jul 2018, 11:00
Hall 3 (National Palace of Culture)

Hall 3

National Palace of Culture

presentation Track 5 – Software development T5 - Software development


Jack Cranshaw (Argonne National Laboratory (US))


Scalable multithreading poses challenges to I/O, and the performance of a thread-safe I/O strategy
may depend upon many factors, including I/O latencies, whether tasks are CPU- or I/O-intensive, and thread count.
In a multithreaded framework, an I/O infrastructure must efficiently supply event data to and collect it from many threads processing multiple events in flight.
In particular, on-demand reading from multiple threads may challenge caching strategies that were developed for serial processing and may need to be enhanced.
This I/O infrastructure must also address how to read, make available, and propagate in-file metadata and other non-event data needed as context for event processing.

We describe the design and scheduling of I/O components in the ATLAS multithreaded control framework, AthenaMT, for both event and non-event I/O.
We discuss issues associated with exploiting the multithreading capabilities of our underlying persistence technology, ROOT,
in a manner harmonious with the ATLAS framework’s own approach to thread management.
Finally, we discuss opportunities for evolution and simplification of I/O components that have successfully supported ATLAS event processing for many years
from their serial incarnations to their thread-safe counterparts.

Primary authors

Peter Van Gemmeren (Argonne National Laboratory (US)) David Malon (Argonne National Laboratory (US)) Jack Cranshaw (Argonne National Laboratory (US)) Marcin Nowak (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US))

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