HAN: A Hierarchical AutotuNed Collective Communication Framework

TitleHAN: A Hierarchical AutotuNed Collective Communication Framework
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsLuo, X., W. Wu, G. Bosilca, Y. Pei, Q. Cao, T. Patinyasakdikul, D. Zhong, and J. Dongarra
Conference NameIEEE Cluster Conference
Date Published2020-09
PublisherBest Paper Award, IEEE Computer Society Press
Conference LocationKobe, Japan

High-performance computing (HPC) systems keep growing in scale and heterogeneity to satisfy the increasing computational need, and this brings new challenges to the design of MPI libraries, especially with regard to collective operations. To address these challenges, we present "HAN," a new hierarchical autotuned collective communication framework in Open MPI, which selects suitable homogeneous collective communication modules as submodules for each hardware level, uses collective operations from the submodules as tasks, and organizes these tasks to perform efficient hierarchical collective operations. With a task-based design, HAN can easily swap out submodules, while keeping tasks intact, to adapt to new hardware. This makes HAN suitable for the current platform and provides a strong and flexible support for future HPC systems. To provide a fast and accurate autotuning mechanism, we present a novel cost model based on benchmarking the tasks instead of a whole collective operation. This method drastically reduces tuning time, as the cost of tasks can be reused across different message sizes, and is more accurate than existing cost models. Our cost analysis suggests the autotuning component can find the optimal configuration in most cases. The evaluation of the HAN framework suggests our design significantly improves the default Open MPI and achieves decent speedups against state-of-the-art MPI implementations on tested applications.

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