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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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Tightly Coupled Accelerators Architecture for Low-latency Inter-Node Communication Between Accelerators

SESSION: Poster Reception


TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

AUTHOR(S):Toshihiro Hanawa, Yuetsu Kodama, Taisuke Boku, Mitsuhisa Sato

ROOM:New Orleans Theater Lobby


Inter-node communications between accelerators in heterogeneous clusters require extra latency due to the data copy between host and accelerator, and such communication latency causes severe performance degradation on applications. Especially in the next generation’s HPC systems, the strong scaling will be more serious issue than today, and the communication latency becomes the critical issue. To address this problem, we proposed the Tightly Coupled Accelerators (TCA) architecture, and designed the interconnection router chip named PEACH2. Accelerators in the TCA architecture communicate directly via the PCIe protocol to eliminate protocol overhead, as well as the data copy overhead. In this paper, we present HA- PACS/TCA system, the proof-of-concept GPU cluster based on the TCA architecture. Our system demonstrates 2.3 μsec of the latency on the inter-node GPU-to-GPU communication. As the result of Himeno benchmark, we demonstrated that TCA improves the scalability of the performance in the small size with up to 65%.

Chair/Author Details:

Toshihiro Hanawa - University of Tokyo

Yuetsu Kodama - University of Tsukuba

Taisuke Boku - University of Tsukuba

Mitsuhisa Sato - University of Tsukuba

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