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HPC, Big Data, and Data Science

Exascale PMI on a heterogeneous sub-exascale Slurm cluster

D.hpc
Alex Domingo
<p>PMIx (Process Management Interface exascale) is a de-facto standard providing a very efficient interface to launch and control distributed tasks. It was created for exascale HPC systems, where launching a computational job can involve tens of thousands of nodes and bootstrapping MPI (Message Passing Interface) becomes cumbersome. PMIx reduces launch times in such systems from minutes to a few seconds.</p> <p>Even though the lower launch times are less critical in smaller clusters (but always welcome), the high efficiency of PMIx is also desirable at sub-exascale. The low data footprint and data exchange, as well as leveraging fast interconnects is useful on systems with lower-end network fabrics. Moreover, its tight integration with the resource manager is very helpful to minimize idling on clusters with limited resources.</p> <p>At VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), we have recently transitioned our tier-2 HPC cluster to Slurm and enabled PMIx in a mixture of TCP and InfiniBand networks. We will share the lessons learned in the process and practical tips to deploy a reliable setup with open source software.</p>

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