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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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Optimal Placement of Retry-Based Fault Recovery Annotations in HPC Applications

SESSION: Research Poster Reception

EVENT TYPE: Posters, Electronic Posters, and Education Posters

TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

AUTHOR(S):Ignacio Laguna, Martin Schulz, Jeff Keasler, David Richards, Jim Belak

ROOM:Mile High Pre-Function

As larger HPC systems are built, fault recovery becomes a fundamental capability. Traditional fault recovery approaches, such as checkpointing, may not be sufficient for future exascale systems. Retry-based recovery techniques have been proposed as an alternative. These techniques simply re-execute a code region when a fault occurs and require code annotations. However, no previous work has investigated the optimal placement of these annotations in a program. Via fault injection, we evaluate how to place optimally retry annotations in a hydrodynamics mini application. We found that, contrary to our expectations, a simple scheme of protecting the main function works well for low fault rates: slowdown is up to 1.25 for a 3 faults/hour rate. We also found that the optimal recovery method is rolling a few iterations back in the application's main loop.

Chair/Author Details:

Ignacio Laguna - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Martin Schulz - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jeff Keasler - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

David Richards - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jim Belak - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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