A run-time system for power-constrained HPC applications

Aniruddha Marathe, Peter E. Bailey, David K. Lowenthal, Barry Rountree, Martin Schulz, Bronis R. de Supinski

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As the HPC community attempts to reach exascale performance, power will be one of the most critical constrained resources. Achieving practical exascale computing will therefore rely on optimizing performance subject to a power constraint. However, this additional complication should not add to the burden of application developers; optimizing the run-time environment given restricted power will primarily be the job of high-performance system software. This paper introduces Conductor, a run-time system that intelligently distributes available power to nodes and cores to improve performance. The key techniques used are configuration space exploration and adaptive power balancing. Configuration exploration dynamically selects the optimal thread concurrency level and DVFS state subject to a hardwareenforced power bound. Adaptive power balancing efficiently determines where critical paths are likely to occur so that more power is distributed to those paths. Greater power, in turn, allows increased thread concurrency levels, the DVFS states, or both. We describe these techniques in detail and show that, compared to the state-of-the-art technique of using statically predetermined, per-node power caps, Conductor leads to a best-case performance improvement of up to 30%, and average improvement of 19.1%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-408
Number of pages15
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9137 LNCS
StatePublished - 2015
Event30th International Conference on High Performance Computing, ISC 2015 - Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: Jul 12 2015Jul 16 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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