Adding Fast GPU Derived Datatype Handing to Existing MPIs

February 19th, 1:00 PM, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Invited talk to the PSAAP Colloquium at University of New Mexico Computer Science


MPI derived datatypes are an abstraction that simplifies handling of non-contiguous data in MPI applications. These datatypes are recursively constructed at runtime from primitive Named Types defined in the MPI standard. More recently, the development and deployment of CUDA-aware MPI implementations has encouraged the transition of distributed high-performance MPI codes to use GPUs. Such implementations allow MPI functions to directly operate on GPU buffers, easing integration of GPU compute into MPI codes. Despite substantial attention to CUDA-aware MPI implementations, they continue to offer cripplingly poor GPU performance when manipulating derived datatypes on GPUs. This work presents a new MPI library, TEMPI, to address this issue. TEMPI first introduces a common datatype to represent equivalent MPI derived datatypes. TEMPI can be used as an interposed library on existing MPI deployments without system or application changes. Furthermore, this work presents a performance model of GPU derived datatype handling, demonstrating that previously preferred “one-shot” methods are not always fastest.