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IEEE Cluster 2013 Conference
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Tuesday, September 24 • 11:30am - 11:55am
Design of Network Topology Aware Scheduling Services for Large InfiniBand Clusters

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The goal of any scheduler is to satisfy users demands for computation and achieve a good performance in overall system utilization by efficiently assigning jobs to resources. However, the current state-of-the-art scheduling techniques do not intelligently balance node allocation based on the total bandwidth available between switches; that leads to over subscription. Additionally, poor placement of processes can lead to network congestion and poor performance. In this paper, we explore the design of a network-topology-aware plugin for the SLURM job scheduler for modern InfiniBand based clusters. We present designs to enhance the performance of applications with varying communication characteristics. Through our techniques, we are able to considerably reduce the amount of network contention observed during the Alltoall / FFT operations. The results of our experimental evaluation indicate that our proposed technique is able to deliver up to a 9% improvement in the communication time of P3DFFT at 512 processes. We also see that our techniques are able to increase the performance of microbenchmarks that rely on point-to-point operations up to 40% for all message sizes. Our techniques were also able to improve the throughput of a typical supercomputing system by up to 8%.

Tuesday September 24, 2013 11:30am - 11:55am
12th Floor - Circle City 12 (Hilton) 120 W. Market St, Indianapolis, IN

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