SC20 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Live Forensics for HPC Systems: A Case Study on Distributed Storage Systems

Authors: Saurabh Jha, Shengkun Cui, Subho S. Banerjee, Tianyin Xu, Jeremy Enos, Mike Showerman, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, and Ravishankar K. Iyer (University of Illinois)

Abstract: Large-scale high-performance computing systems frequently experience a wide range of failure modes, such as reliability failures (e.g., hang or crash), and resource overload-related failures (e.g., congestion, collapse), impacting systems and applications. Despite the adverse effects of these failures, current systems do not provide methodologies for proactively detecting, localizing and diagnosing failures. We present Kaleidoscope, a near real-time failure detection and diagnosis framework, consisting of hierarchical domain-guided machine learning models that identify the failing components and the corresponding failure mode, and point to the most likely cause indicative of the failure in near real-time (within one minute of failure occurrence). Kaleidoscope has been deployed on Blue Waters supercomputer and evaluated with more than two years of production telemetry data. Our evaluation shows that Kaleidoscope successfully localized 99.3% and pinpointed the root causes of 95.8% of 843 real-world production issues, with less than 0.01% runtime overhead.

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