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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International (2010)
Atlanta, GA, USA
Apr. 19, 2010 to Apr. 23, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4244-6442-5
pp: 1-12
Naoya Maruyama , GSIC, Tokyo Institute of Technology, JST Crest
Akira Nukada , GSIC, Tokyo Institute of Technology, JST Crest
Satoshi Matsuoka , GSIC, Tokyo Institute of Technology, National Institute of Informatics, JST Crest
As GPUs are increasingly used to accelerate HPC applications by allowing more flexibility and programmability, their fault tolerance is becoming much more important than before when they were used only for graphics. The current generation of GPUs, however, does not have standard error detection and correction capabilities, such as SEC-DED ECC for DRAM, which is almost always exercised in HPC servers. We present a high-performance software framework to enhance commodity off-the-shelf GPUs with DRAM fault tolerance. It combines data coding for detecting bit-flip errors and checkpointing for recovering computations when such errors are detected. We analyze performance of data coding in GPUs and present optimizations geared toward memory-intensive GPU applications. We present performance studies of the prototype implementation of the framework and show that the proposed framework can be realized with negligible overheads in compute intensive applications such as N-body problem and matrix multiplication, and as low as 35% in a highly-efficient memory intensive 3-D FFT kernel.

N. Maruyama, A. Nukada and S. Matsuoka, "A high-performance fault-tolerant software framework for memory on commodity GPUs," 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel & Distributed Processing (IPDPS), Atlanta, GA, 2010, pp. 1-12.
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