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Algorithm-based checkpoint-free fault tolerance for parallel matrix computations on volatile resources

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2 Author(s)
Zizhong Chen ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN ; Dongarra, J.

As the size of today's high performance computers increases from hundreds, to thousands, and even tens of thousands of processors, node failures in these computers are becoming frequent events. Although checkpoint/rollback-recovery is the typical technique to tolerate such failures, it often introduces a considerable overhead. Algorithm-based fault tolerance is a very cost-effective method to incorporate fault tolerance into matrix computations. However, previous algorithm-based fault tolerance methods for matrix computations are often derived using algorithms that are seldomly used in the practice of today's high performance matrix computations and have mostly focused on platforms where failed processors produce incorrect calculations. To fill this gap, this paper extends the existing algorithm-based fault tolerance to the volatile computing platform where the failed processor stops working and applies it to scalable high performance matrix computations with two dimensional block cyclic data distribution. We show the practicality of this technique by applying it to the ScaLAPACK/PBLAS matrix-matrix multiplication kernel. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed approach is able to survive process failures with a very low performance overhead

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2006. IPDPS 2006. 20th International

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25-29 April 2006