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  1. Traditionally, HPC workloads have been deployed in bare-metal clusters; but the advances in virtualization have led the pathway for these workloads to be deployed in virtualized clusters. However, HPC cluster administrators/providers still face challenges in terms of resource elasticity and virtual machine (VM) provisioning at large-scale, due to the lack of coordination between a traditional HPC scheduler and the VM hypervisor (resource management layer). This lack of interaction leads to low cluster utilization and job completion throughput. Furthermore, the VM provisioning delays directly impact the overall performance of jobs in the cluster. Hence, there is a need for effectively provisioning virtualized HPC clusters, which can best-utilize the physical hardware with minimal provisioning overheads.Towards this, we propose Multiverse, a VM provisioning framework, which can dynamically spawn VMs for incoming jobs in a virtualized HPC cluster, by integrating the HPC scheduler along with VM resource manager. We have implemented this framework on the Slurm scheduler along with the vSphere VM resource manager. In order to reduce the VM provisioning overheads, we use instant cloning which shares both the disk and memory with the parent VM, when compared to full VM cloning which has to boot-up a new VM from scratch. Measurements withmore »real-world HPC workloads demonstrate that, instant cloning is 2.5× faster than full cloning in terms of VM provisioning time. Further, it improves resource utilization by up to 40%, and cluster throughput by up to 1.5×, when compared to full clone for bursty job arrival scenarios.« less
  2. Brain-inspired cognitive computing has so far followed two major approaches - one uses multi-layered artificial neural networks (ANNs) to perform pattern-recognition-related tasks, whereas the other uses spiking neural networks (SNNs) to emulate biological neurons in an attempt to be as efficient and fault-tolerant as the brain. While there has been considerable progress in the former area due to a combination of effective training algorithms and acceleration platforms, the latter is still in its infancy due to the lack of both. SNNs have a distinct advantage over their ANN counterparts in that they are capable of operating in an event-driven manner, thus consuming very low power. Several recent efforts have proposed various SNN hardware design alternatives, however, these designs still incur considerable energy overheads.In this context, this paper proposes a comprehensive design spanning across the device, circuit, architecture and algorithm levels to build an ultra low-power architecture for SNN and ANN inference. For this, we use spintronics-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) devices that have been shown to function as both neuro-synaptic crossbars as well as thresholding neurons and can operate at ultra low voltage and current levels. Using this MTJ-based neuron model and synaptic connections, we design a low power chipmore »that has the flexibility to be deployed for inference of SNNs, ANNs as well as a combination of SNN-ANN hybrid networks - a distinct advantage compared to prior works. We demonstrate the competitive performance and energy efficiency of the SNNs as well as hybrid models on a suite of workloads. Our evaluations show that the proposed design, NEBULA, is up to 7.9× more energy efficient than a state-of-the-art design, ISAAC, in the ANN mode. In the SNN mode, our design is about 45× more energy-efficient than a contemporary SNN architecture, INXS. Power comparison between NEBULA ANN and SNN modes indicates that the latter is at least 6.25× more power-efficient for the observed benchmarks.« less
  3. Compute heterogeneity is increasingly gaining prominence in modern datacenters due to the addition of accelerators like GPUs and FPGAs. We observe that datacenter schedulers are agnostic of these emerging accelerators, especially their resource utilization footprints, and thus, not well equipped to dynamically provision them based on the application needs. We observe that the state-of-the-art datacenter schedulers fail to provide fine-grained resource guarantees for latency-sensitive tasks that are GPU-bound. Specifically for GPUs, this results in resource fragmentation and interference leading to poor utilization of allocated GPU resources. Furthermore, GPUs exhibit highly linear energy efficiency with respect to utilization and hence proactive management of these resources is essential to keep the operational costs low while ensuring the end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) in case of user-facing queries.Towards addressing the GPU orchestration problem, we build Knots, a GPU-aware resource orchestration layer and integrate it with the Kubernetes container orchestrator to build Kube- Knots. Kube-Knots can dynamically harvest spare compute cycles through dynamic container orchestration enabling co-location of latency-critical and batch workloads together while improving the overall resource utilization. We design and evaluate two GPU-based scheduling techniques to schedule datacenter-scale workloads through Kube-Knots on a ten node GPU cluster. Our proposed Correlation Based Predictionmore »(CBP) and Peak Prediction (PP) schemes together improves both average and 99 th percentile cluster-wide GPU utilization by up to 80% in case of HPC workloads. In addition, CBP+PP improves the average job completion times (JCT) of deep learning workloads by up to 36% when compared to state-of-the-art schedulers. This leads to 33% cluster-wide energy savings on an average for three different workloads compared to state-of-the-art GPU-agnostic schedulers. Further, the proposed PP scheduler guarantees the end-to-end QoS for latency-critical queries by reducing QoS violations by up to 53% when compared to state-of-the-art GPU schedulers.« less