Towards Distributed Software Resilience in Asynchronous Many-Task Programming Models
Reliability and Resiliency
TimeWednesday, 11 November 202010:35am - 11:05am EDT
DescriptionExceptions and errors occurring within mission critical applications due to hardware failures have a high cost. With the emerging next generation platforms (NGPs), the rate of hardware failures will likely increase. Designing our applications to be resilient, therefore, is a critical concern in order to retain the reliability of results while meeting the constraints on power budgets. In this paper, we discuss software resilience in AMTs at both local and distributed scale. We choose HPX to prototype our resiliency designs. We implement two resiliency APIs that we expose to the application developers, namely task replication and task replay. Task replication repeats a task n times and executes the repeated tasks asynchronously. Task replay reschedules a task up to n times until a valid output is returned. Furthermore, we expose algorithm based fault tolerance (ABFT) using user provided predicates (e.g., checksums) to validate the returned results. We benchmark the resiliency scheme for both synthetic and real world applications at local and distributed scale and show that most of the added execution time arises from the replay, replication or data movement of the tasks and not the boilerplate code added to achieve resilience.