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High-Performance and Smart Networking Technologies for HPC and AI

August 23 @ 8:00 am - 10:45 am UTC+0

Presenter Names: Dhabaleswar K. (DK) Panda and Hari Subramoni

Abstract: High-Performance Networking technologies are generating a lot of excitement towards building next generation HighEnd Computing (HEC) systems for HPC and AI with GPGPUs, accelerators, and Data Center Processing Units (DPUs), and a variety of application workloads. This tutorial will provide an overview of these emerging technologies, their architectural features, current market standing, and suitability for designing HEC systems. It will start with a brief overview of IB, HSE, RoCE, and Omni-Path interconnect. An in-depth overview of the architectural features of these interconnects will be presented. It will be followed with an overview of the emerging NVLink, NVLink2, NVSwitch, EFA, and Slingshot architectures. We will then present advanced features of commodity high-performance networks that enable performance and scalability. We will then provide an overview of enhanced offload capable network adapters like DPUs/IPUs (Smart NICs), their capabilities and features. Next, an overview of software stacks for high-performance networks like Open Fabrics Verbs, LibFabrics, and UCX comparing the performance of these stacks will be given. Next, challenges in designing MPI library for these interconnects, solutions and sample performance numbers will be presented.

Bio: Dhabaleswar K (DK) Panda is a Professor and University Distinguished Scholar of Computer Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University. He is serving as the Director of the ICICLE NSF-AI Institute (https://icicle.ai). He has published over 500 papers. The MVAPICH2 MPI libraries, designed and developed by his research group (http://mvapich.cse.ohio-state.edu), are currently being used by more than 3,300 organizations worldwide (in 90 countries). More than 1.69 million downloads of this software have taken place from the project’s site. This software is empowering many clusters in the TOP500 list. High-performance and scalable solutions for Deep Learning frameworks and Machine Learning applications from his group are available from https://hidl.cse.ohio-state.edu. Similarly, scalable and high-performance solutions for Big Data and Data science frameworks are available from https://hibd.cse.ohio-state.edu. Prof. Panda is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the 2022 IEEE Charles Babbage Award. More details about Prof. Panda are available at http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/~panda.

Dr. Hari Subramoni is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University. His current research interests include high performance interconnects and protocols, parallel computer architecture, network-based computing, exascale computing, network topology aware computing, QoS, power-aware LAN-WAN communication, fault tolerance, virtualization, big data, deep learning and cloud computing. He has published over 100 papers in international journals and conferences related to these research areas. He has been actively involved in various professional activities in academic journals and conferences. Dr. Subramoni is doing research on the design and development of MVAPICH2 (High Performance MPI over InfiniBand, iWARP and RoCE) and MVAPICH2-X (Hybrid MPI and PGAS (OpenSHMEM, UPC and CAF)) software packages. He is a member of IEEE & ACM.