SC17 Denver, CO

Bounded Asynchrony and Nested Parallelism for Scalable Graph Processing

Student: Adam Fidel (Texas A&M University)
Advisor: Nancy Amato (Texas A&M University)
Abstract: Processing large-scale graphs has become a critical component in a variety of fields, from scientific computing to social analytics. The irregular access pattern for graph workloads, coupled with complex graph structures and large data sizes makes efficiently executing parallel graph workloads challenging. In this dissertation, we develop two broad techniques for improving the performance of general parallel graph algorithms: bounded asynchrony and nested parallelism. Increasing asynchrony in a bounded manner allows one to avoid costly global synchronization at scale, while still avoiding the penalty of unbounded asynchrony including redundant work. Using this technique, we scale a BFS workload to 98,304 cores where traditional methods stop scaling. Additionally, asynchrony enables a new family of approximate algorithms for applications tolerant to fixed amounts of error. Representing graph algorithms in a nested parallel manner enables the full use of available parallelism inherent in graph algorithms, while efficiently managing communication through nested sections.

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