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SCHEDULE: NOV 15-20, 2015

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Characterizing Memory Throttling Using Processor and Memory Performance

SESSION: Regular & ACM Student Research Competition Poster Reception

EVENT TYPE: Posters, Receptions, ACM Student Research Competition

EVENT TAG(S): HPC Beginner Friendly, Regular Poster

TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

SESSION CHAIR(S): Michela Becchi, Manish Parashar, Dorian C. Arnold

AUTHOR(S):Bo Li, Edgar A. Leon, Kirk W. Cameron

ROOM:Level 4 - Lobby

ABSTRACT:

Memory bandwidth is one of the most important factors contributing to the performance of many HPC applications. Characterizing their sensitivity to this resource may help application and system developers understand the performance tradeoffs when running on multiple systems with different memory characteristics. In this work, we use memory throttling as a means to analyze the impact of the memory system on the performance of applications. We make two contributions. First, we characterize memory throttling in terms of the roofline model of performance. This shows that with throttling we can emulate different memory systems. Second, by identifying the pattern between memory bandwidth utilization of an application and the maximum amount of throttling without affection performance (optimal), we propose an accurate model for predicting the optimal throttling for a given code region. This model can be employed to balance power between components on a power-limited system.

Chair/Author Details:

Michela Becchi, Manish Parashar, Dorian C. Arnold (Chair) - University of Missouri|Rutgers University|University of New Mexico|

Bo Li - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Edgar A. Leon - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Kirk W. Cameron - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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