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2014 23rd International Conference on Parallel Architecture and Compilation (PACT) (2014)
Edmonton, Canada
Aug. 23, 2014 to Aug. 27, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-5090-6607-0
pp: 483-484
Sreepathi Pai , The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
R. Govindarajan , Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Matthew J. Thazhuthaveetil , Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Recent NVIDIA Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) can execute multiple kernels concurrently. On these GPUs, the thread block scheduler (TBS) currently uses the FIFO policy to schedule thread blocks of concurrent kernels. We show that the FIFO policy leaves performance to chance, resulting in significant loss of performance and fairness. To improve performance and fairness, we propose use of the preemptive Shortest Remaining Time First (SRTF) policy instead. Although SRTF requires an estimate of runtime of GPU kernels, we show that such an estimate of the runtime can be easily obtained using online profiling and exploiting a simple observation on GPU kernels' grid structure. Specifically, we propose a novel Structural Runtime Predictor. Using a simple Staircase model of GPU kernel execution, we show that the runtime of a kernel can be predicted by profiling only the first few thread blocks. We evaluate an online predictor based on this model on benchmarks from ERCBench, and find that it can estimate the actual runtime reasonably well after the execution of only a single thread block. Next, we design a thread block scheduler that is both concurrent kernel-aware and uses this predictor. We implement the Shortest Remaining Time First (SRTF) policy and evaluate it on two-program workloads from ER-CBench. SRTF improves STP by 1.18× and ANTT by 2.25× over FIFO. When compared to MPMax, a state-of-the-art resource allocation policy for concurrent kernels, SRTF improves STP by 1.16× and ANTT by 1.3×. To improve fairness, we also propose SRTF/Adaptive which controls resource usage of concurrently executing kernels to maximize fairness. SRTF/Adaptive improves STP by 1.12×, ANTT by 2.23× and Fairness by 2.95× compared to FIFO. Overall, our implementation of SRTF achieves system throughput to within 12.64% of Shortest Job First (SJF, an oracle optimal scheduling policy), bridging 49% of the gap between FIFO and SJF.
Kernel, Runtime, Graphics processing units, Instruction sets, Throughput, Scheduling, Predictive models

S. Pai, R. Govindarajan and M. J. Thazhuthaveetil, "Preemptive thread block scheduling with online structural runtime prediction for concurrent GPGPU kernels," 2014 23rd International Conference on Parallel Architecture and Compilation (PACT), Edmonton, Canada, 2014, pp. 483-484.
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