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ECE Seminar (ECE 2002A/ECE 8002A)

Event Details

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

11:15am - 12:05pm

Klaus Advanced Computing Building (Room 1456)

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering



Event Details

Speaker: Dr. Patrick Widener -- Sandia National Labs

Speaker's Title: Principal Member of the Technical Staff

Seminar Title: Understanding the Performance Effects of Resilience Mechanisms in High-Performance Computing Applications

Fault-tolerance poses a major challenge for future large-scale high-performance computing (HPC) systems and the important applications running on them. Alarming projections of high failure rates driven by the increasing scale and complexity of HPC systems have, over the past few years, motivated significant research into methods and techniques for providing resiliency while maintaining scalability in such systems. Our group at Sandia National Laboratories has worked to develop insights into selection and tuning of these methods and techniques. In this talk, I will describe our simulation-based framework for analyzing the performance effects of resilience activity. I will also present some recent research results obtained using our framework and discuss how those results have contributed to our understanding of the performance implications of resilience strategies for HPC applications.   

Speaker Bio:
Patrick Widener is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Center for Computing Research at Sandia. Dr. Widener’s research interests include the design and development of system software to support large-scale data-centric computational science, tools for examining performance interference caused by in-situ analytics, and software architectures for describing and exchanging data in computational science workflows. He is also a Research Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of New Mexico, and prior to joining Sandia was research faculty in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Emory University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Last revised May 23, 2018