PMIx: Process Management for Exascale Environments

TitlePMIx: Process Management for Exascale Environments
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsCastain, R. H., D. Solt, J. Hursey, and A. Bouteiller
Conference NameProceedings of the 24th European MPI Users' Group Meeting
Series TitleEuroMPI '17
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-4503-4849-2

High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications have historically executed in static resource allocations, using programming models that ran independently from the resident system management stack (SMS). Achieving exascale performance that is both cost-effective and fits within site-level environmental constraints will, however, require that the application and SMS collaboratively orchestrate the flow of work to optimize resource utilization and compensate for on-the-fly faults. The Process Management Interface - Exascale (PMIx) community is committed to establishing scalable workflow orchestration by defining an abstract set of interfaces by which not only applications and tools can interact with the resident SMS, but also the various SMS components can interact with each other. This paper presents a high-level overview of the goals and current state of the PMIx standard, and lays out a roadmap for future directions.

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