Tree-Based Fault-Tolerant Collective Operations for MPI
Abstract: With the increase in size and complexity of high-performance computing systems, the probability of failures and the cost of recovery grow. Parallel applications running on these systems should be able to continue running in spite of node failures at arbitrary times. Collective operations are essential for many parallel MPI applications, and are often the first to detect such failures. This work presents tree-based fault-tolerant collective operations, which combine fault detection and recovery as an integral part each operation. We do this by extending existing tree-based algorithms, to allow for a collective operation to succeed despite failing nodes before or during its run. This differs from other approaches, where recovery takes place after a failure of such operations have failed. The paper includes a comparison between the performance of the proposed algorithm and other approaches, as well as a simulator-based analysis of performance at scale.
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