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Proprietary or Commodity? Interconnect Performance in Large-scale Supercomputers Author: Olli-Pekka Lehto Supervisor: Prof. Jorma Virtamo Instructor: D.Sc.

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1 Proprietary or Commodity? Interconnect Performance in Large-scale Supercomputers Author: Olli-Pekka Lehto Supervisor: Prof. Jorma Virtamo Instructor: D.Sc. (Tech.) Jussi Heikonen

2 Contents  Introduction  Background  Objectives  Test platforms  Testing methodology  Results  Conclusions

3 Introduction  A Modern High Performance Computing (HPC) system consists of: Login nodes, service nodes, IO nodes, Compute nodes Usually multicore/SMP Interconnect network(s) which links all nodes together  Applications are run in parallel The individual tasks of a parallel application exchange data via the interconnect The interconnect plays a critical role in the overall performance of the parallel application  Commodity system Use of off-the-shelf components Leverages economies of scale involved in the PC industry “Industry standard” architectures which allow for the system to be extended in a vendor-independent fashion  Proprietary system A highly integrated system designed specifically for HPC May contain some off-the-shelf components but cannot be extended in a vendor independent fashion.

4 Background:The Cluster Revolution In the last decade clusters have rapidly become the system architecture of choice in HPC. The high end of the market is still dominated by proprietary MPP systems. Source:

5 Background: The Architecture Evolution The architectures of proprietary and commodity HPC systems have been converging. Nowadays it's difficult to differentiate between the two. The interconnect network is a key differentiating factor between commodity and proprietary architectures. Increasing R&D costs drive move towards commodity components Competition between AMD and Intel Competition in specialized cluster interconnects Disclaimer: IBM Blue Gene is an notable execption

6 Problem Statement Does a supercomputer architecture with a proprietary interconnection network offer a significant performance advantage compared to a similiar sized cluster with a commodity network?

7 Test Platforms  In 2007 CSC - Scientific Computing Ltd. conducted a 10M€ procurement to aquire new HPC systems  The procurement was split into two parts Lot 1: Capability computing Massively parallel “Grand Challenge” –computation Lot 2: Capacity computing Sequential and small to medium size parallel problems Problems requiring large amounts of memory

8 Test Platform 1: Louhi  Winner of Lot 1: “capability computing”  Cray XT4 Phase 1 (2007): GHz AMD Opteron cores (dual core): 10.5TFlop/s Phase 2 (2008): GHz AMD Opteron cores (quad core* ): 70.1TFlop/s  Unicos/lc operating system Linux on the login and service nodes Catamount microkernel on compute nodes  Proprietary “SeaStar2” interconnection network 3-dimensional torus topology Each node connected to 6 neighbors with 7,6GByte/s links Each node has a router integrated into the NIC NIC connected directly to AMD HyperTransport bus NIC has an onboard CPU for protocol processing (“protocol offloading”) Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) * 4 Flops/cycle

9 Test Platform 1: Louhi Source: Cray Inc.

10 Test Platform 2: Murska  Winner of Lot 2: “capacity computing”  HP CP4000BL XC blade cluster GHz AMD Opteron cores (dual-core):10.6 TFlop/s Dual-socket HP BL465c server blades  HPC Linux operating system HP's turnkey cluster OS based on RHEL  InfiniBand interconnect network A multipurpose high-speed network Fat tree topology (blocking) 24-port blade enclosure switches 16 16Gbit/s DDR *) downlinks 8 16Gbit/s DDR uplinks, running at 8Gbit/s 288-port master switch with SDR **) ports (8Gbit/s) Recently upgraded to DDR ● Host Channel Adapters (HCA) connected to 8x PCIe buses ● Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) *) Double Data Rate **) Single Data Rate

11 Test Methodology  Testing of individual parameters with microbenchmarks End-to-end communication latency and bandwidth Communication processing overhead Consistency of performance across the system  Testing of real-world behavior with a scientific application Gromacs – A popular open source molecular dynamics application  All measurements use Message Passing Interface (MPI) MPI is by far the most popular parallel programming application programming interface (API) for HPC Murska uses HP's HP-MPI implementation Louhi uses a Cray-modified version of the MPICH2 implementation

12 End-to-end Latency  Intel MPI Benchmarks (IMB) PingPong test was used Measures the latency to send and recieve a single point-to-point message as a function of the message size Arguably the most popular metric of interconnect performance (esp. short messages)  Murska's HP-MPI has 2 modes of operation (RDMA and SRQ) RDMA requires 256kbytes of memory per MPI task while SRQ (Shared Recieve Queue) has a constant memory requirement SRQ causes a notable latency overhead Murska using RDMA has a slightly lower latency with short messages As the message size grows, Louhi outperforms Murska

13 End-to-end Bandwidth  IMB PingPong test with large message sizes Inverse of the latency Test was done between nearest-neighbor nodes Louhi has still not reached peak bandwidth with the largest message size (4 megabytes) The gap between RDMA and SRQ narrows as the link becomes saturated: SRQ doesn't affect performance with large message sizes

14 Communication Processing Overhead  Measure of how much communication stresses the CPU The C in HPC stands for Computing, not Communication ;)  MPI has asynchronous communication routines which overlap communication and computation This requires autonomous communication mechanisms Murska has RDMA, Louhi has protocol offloading and RDMA  Sandia Nat'l Labs SMB benchmark was used See how much work one process gets done while another process communicates with it constantly. Result as application availability percentage 100%: communication is performed completely in the background 0%: communication is performed completely in the foreground, no work done Separate results for getting work done at the sender and at the reciever side

15 Reciever Side Availability 100% Availability: Communication does not interfere with processing at all 0% Availability: Processing communication hogs the CPU completely Louhi's availability improves with 8k-128k messages Murska's availability drops significantly between 16k and 32k

16 Sender Side Availability Louhi's availability improves dramatically with large messages: The offload engine can process packets autonomously.

17 Gromacs  A popular and mature molecular dynamics simulation package Open Source, downloadable from  Programmed with MPI Designed to exploit overlapping computation and communication, if available  Parallel speedup was measured by using a fixed size molecular system Run times for task counts from 16 to 128 were measured MPI calls were profiled How much time spent in communication subroutines? Which subroutines were the most time-consuming?

18 Gromacs Run Time Murska’s scaling stops at 32 tasks Louhi’s scaling stops at 64 tasks Time spent in MPI communication routines starts increasing at 64 tasks

19 MPI Call Profile Fraction of the total MPI time spent in a specific MPI call MPI_Wait (wait for an asynchronous message transfer to complete) starts dominating time usage on Murska as the task count grows. MPI_Alltoall starts dominating MPI time usage on Louhi again as the task count grows. With small message sizes the MPI_Alltoall (all processes send a message to each other) dominates the time spent in MPI.

20 Conclusions  On Murska, a tradeoff has to be made with large parallel problems SRQ: Sacrifice latency in favor of memory capacity RDMA: Sacrifice memory capacity in favor of latency  Murska is able to outperform Louhi in some benchmarks Especially in short message performance in RDMA mode  Louhi was more consistent in providing low processing overhead Being able to overlap long messages tends to be more important than short messages as they take more time to complete  Gromacs scaled significantly better on Louhi Most likely largely due to lower communication processing overhead  A proprietary system still has it's place The interconnect is designed from ground up to handle MPI communication and HPC workloads The streamlined microkernel also helps out  Focusing only on “hero numbers” (e.g. short message latency) can be misleading

21 Questions? Thank you!


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