Extending the Scope of the Checkpoint-on-Failure Protocol for Forward Recovery in Standard MPI
Wesley Bland, Peng Du, Aurelien Bouteiller, Thomas Herault, George Bosilca, and Jack J. Dongarra
Most predictions of Exascale machines picture billion way parallelism, encompassing not only millions of cores, but also tens of thousands of nodes. Even considering extremely optimistic advances in hardware reliability, probabilistic amplification entails that failures will be unavoidable. Consequently, software fault tolerance is paramount to maintain future scientific productivity. Two major problems hinder ubiquitous adoption of fault tolerance techniques: 1) traditional checkpoint based approaches incur a steep overhead on failure free operations and 2) the dominant programming paradigm for parallel applications (the MPI Standard) offers extremely limited support of software-level fault tolerance approaches. In this paper, we present an approach that relies exclusively on the features of a high quality implementation, as defined by the current MPI Standard, to enable algorithmic based recovery, without incurring the overhead of customary periodic checkpointing. The validity and performance of this approach are evaluated on large scale systems, using the QR factorization as an example.
Published 2012-11-19 05:00:00 as ut-cs-12-702 (ID:14)