What is it about?

In this work follow a model-assisted approach to the BLAS multi-GPU optimization problem: we introduce a variety of models for tiling size, performance and energy efficiency and integrate them into an end-to-end BLAS framework named PARALiA. This framework couples autotuning with an optimized task scheduler, leading to near-optimal data distribution and performance-aware resource utilization. PARALiA provides state-of-the-art performance and energy efficiency and incorporates the ability to adapt to heterogeneous systems and scenarios via model-based decisions.

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Why is it important?

Dense linear algebra operations appear very frequently in high-performance computing (HPC) applications, rendering their performance crucial to achieve optimal scalability. As many modern HPC clusters contain multi-GPU nodes, BLAS operations are frequently offloaded on GPUs, necessitating the use of optimized libraries to ensure good performance. Unfortunately, multi-GPU systems are accompanied by multiple optimization challenges like data decomposition, data transfer, communication-computation overlap, problem splitting, scheduling in multiple workers (GPUs) and, ultimately, determining which devices should be used for each routine invocation. With PARALiA we aim to overcome these limitations.

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This page is a summary of: PARALiA : A Performance Aware Runtime for Auto-tuning Linear Algebra on heterogeneous systems, ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization, September 2023, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery),
DOI: 10.1145/3624569.
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