Super-scaling

Eray Ozkural exa at ttnet.net.tr
Wed Feb 19 11:16:29 EST 2003


On Wednesday 19 February 2003 15:30, Simon Hogg wrote:
> Is there a rough rule of thumb which dictates when a program (if ever)
> shows superscaling with number of nodes.  Of course, I would not expect
> this to carry on ad infinitum, but does anyone see superscalar behaviour up
> to, a certain number of nodes.
>
> What would be the conditions for this to occur?

If you mean superlinear speedup there is an obvious explanation for this, your 
parallel algorithm is smarter than the serial algorithm being used. Note 
however that is often not the case and some cache etc. explanation might be 
more valid.

Thanks,

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