SC17 Denver, CO

Multi-Fidelity Surrogate Modeling for Application/Architecture Co-Design

Workshop: The 8th International Workshop on Performance Modeling, Benchmarking, and Simulation of High Performance Computer Systems (PMBS17)
Authors: Aravind Neelakantan (University of Florida)

Abstract: The HPC community has been using abstract, representative applications and architecture models to enable faster co-design cycles. While developers often qualitatively verify the correlation of the app abstractions to the parent application, it is equally important to quantify this correlation to understand how the co-design results translate to the parent application. In this paper, we propose a multi-fidelity surrogate (MFS) approach which combines data samples of low-fidelity (LF) models (representative apps and architecture simulation) with a few samples of a high-fidelity (HF) model (parent app). The application of MFS is demonstrated using a multi-physics simulation application and its proxy-app, skeleton-app, and simulation models. Our results show that RMSE between predictions of MFS and the baseline HF models was 4%, which is significantly better than using either LF or HF data alone, demonstrating that MFS is a promising approach for predicting the parent application performance while staying within a computational budget.

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