28.09.14 - 01.10.14, Seminar 14402

Resilience in Exascale Computing

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The objective of this seminar is to bring together researchers and developers with a background on HPC system software (OS, network, storage, management tools) to discuss medium to long-term approaches towards resilience in exascale computers. Two concrete outcomes will be (a) outlines for alternatives for resilience at extreme scale with trade-offs and dependencies on hardware/technology advances and (b) initiation of a standardization process for a resilience API. The latter is driven by current trends of resilience libraries to let users specify important data regions required for tolerating faults and for potential recovery. Berkeley Lab's BLCR, Livermore's SCR and Capello's FTI feature such region specification in their APIs, and so may do in-house application-specific solutions. A standardized resilience API would allow application programmers to be agnostic of future underlying resilience mechanisms and policies so that resilience libraries can be exchanged at will (and might even become inter-operable).

The focus of solutions is on the practical system side and should reach beyond currently established solutions.

As a first result of the seminar, we expect to formulate a list of objectives and approaches addressing a variety of problems faced by resiliency. We anticipate that participants engage in increased coordination and collaboration within the currently (mostly) separate communities of HPC system software and application development.

A second result of the seminar will be the initiation of the standardization process. One challenge is to find the most promising context for standardization. Current HPC-related standards (MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC) do not seem suitable since resilience cuts across concrete runtime environments and may also extend beyond HPC to Clouds and data centers involving industry participants from these areas (in future standardization meetings beyond the scope of this seminar).

Overall, the objective of the seminar is to spark research and standardization activities in a coordinated manner that can pave the way for tomorrow's exascale computers to the benefit of the application developers. Thus we expect not only HPC system developers to benefit from the seminar but also the community of scientific computing at large, well beyond computer science. Due to the wide range of participants (researchers and industry practitioners from the U.S., Europe, and Asia), forthcoming research work may significantly help enhance Fault Tolerance properties of exascale systems, and technology transfer is likely to also reach general-purpose computing with many-core parallelism and server-style computing. Specifically, the work should set the seeds for increased collaborations between institutes in Europe, the U.S., and Asia.