FTI: High Performance Fault Tolerance Interface for Hybrid Systems (ACM)
Large scientific applications deployed on current petascale systems expend a significant amount of their execution time dumping checkpoint files to remote storage. New fault tolerant techniques will be critical to efficiently exploit post-petascale systems. In this work, we propose a low-overhead high-frequency multi-level checkpoint technique in which we integrate a highly-reliable topology-aware Reed-Solomon encoding in a three-level checkpoint scheme. We efficiently hide the encoding time using one Fault-Tolerance dedicated thread per node. We implement our technique in the Fault Tolerance Interface FTI. We evaluate the correctness of our performance model and conduct a study of the reliability of our library. To demonstrate the performance of FTI, we present a case study of the Mw9.0 Tohoku Japan earthquake simulation with SPECFEM3D on TSUBAME2.0. We demonstrate a checkpoint overhead as low as 8% on sustained 0.1 petaflops runs (1152 GPUs) while checkpointing at high frequency.
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