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Improved Accuracy for Automated Communication Pattern Characterization Using Communication Graphs and Aggressive Search Space...

by Philip C Roth
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Conference Paper
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International Workshop on Extreme-Scale Programming Tools
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Page Numbers
38 to 55
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Conference Location
Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Conference Sponsor
Virtual Institute - High Performance Supercomputing (VI-HPS)
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An understanding of a parallel application’s communication behavior is useful for a range of activities including debugging and optimization, job scheduling, target system selection, and system design. Because it can be challenging to understand communication behavior, especially for those who lack expertise or who are not familiar with the application, I and two colleagues recently developed an automated, search-based approach for recognizing and parameterizing application communication behavior using a library of common communication patterns. This initial approach was effective for characterizing the behavior of many workloads, but I identified some combinations of communication patterns for which the method was inefficient or would fail. In this paper, I discuss one such troublesome pattern combination and propose modifications to the recognition method to handle it. Specifically, I propose an alternative approach that uses communication graphs instead of traditional communication matrices to improve recognition accuracy for collective communication operations, and that uses a non-greedy recognition technique to avoid search space dead-ends that trap the original greedy recognition approach. My modified approach uses aggressive search space pruning and heuristics to control the potential for state explosion caused by its non-greedy pattern recognition method. I demonstrate the improved recognition accuracy and pruning efficacy of the modified approach using several synthetic and real-world communication pattern combinations.