Dynamic load balancing of matrix-vector multiplications on roadrunner compute nodes

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Hybrid architectures that combine general purpose processors with accelerators are being adopted in several large-scale systems such as the petaflop Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos. In this system, dual-core Opteron host processors are tightly coupled with PowerXCell 8i processors within each compute node. In this kind of hybrid architecture, an accelerated mode of operation is typically used to offload performance hotspots in the computation to the accelerators. In this paper we explore the suitability of a variant of this acceleration mode in which the performance hotspots are actually shared between the host and the accelerators. To achieve this we have ... continued below

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Sancho Pitarch, Jose Carlos January 1, 2009.

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Hybrid architectures that combine general purpose processors with accelerators are being adopted in several large-scale systems such as the petaflop Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos. In this system, dual-core Opteron host processors are tightly coupled with PowerXCell 8i processors within each compute node. In this kind of hybrid architecture, an accelerated mode of operation is typically used to offload performance hotspots in the computation to the accelerators. In this paper we explore the suitability of a variant of this acceleration mode in which the performance hotspots are actually shared between the host and the accelerators. To achieve this we have designed a new load balancing algorithm, which is optimized for the Roadrunner compute nodes, to dynamically distribute computation and associated data between the host and the accelerators at runtime. Results are presented using this approach for sparse and dense matrix-vector multiplications that show load-balancing can improve performance by up to 24% over solely using the accelerators.

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  • Euro-Par 2009 conference ; August 25, 2008 ; Delft/ The Netherlands

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-09-00812
  • Report No.: LA-UR-09-812
  • Grant Number: AC52-06NA25396
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 956401
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc931478

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Sancho Pitarch, Jose Carlos. Dynamic load balancing of matrix-vector multiplications on roadrunner compute nodes, article, January 1, 2009; [New Mexico]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc931478/: accessed November 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.