Tuyere: Enabling scalable memory workloads for system exploration


Ivy Bo Peng, Jeffrey S. Vetter, Shirley V. Moore, and Seyong Lee, Exploring Tuyere: Enabling Scalable Memory Workloads for System Exploration, HPDC18: The 27th International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing, June 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3208040.3208057


Memory technologies are under active development. Meanwhile, workloads on contemporary computing systems are increasing rapidly in size and diversity. Such dynamics in hardware and software further widen the gap between memory system design and performance evaluation. In this work, we propose a data-centric abstraction of high-performance computing applications for fast exploration of new memory technologies. We also provide a framework that uses a formal modeling language to describe the abstraction, automatically translates abstractions into memory traffic, and directly interfaces with cycle-accurate simulators. We evaluated the framework using 20 workloads and validated the memory traffic profile, the simulation results, and the relative memory changes of four memory technologies. Our results show that the data-centric abstraction can accurately capture application behavior adaptable to different input problems and can expedite system exploration.

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