Distributed and configurable architecture for neuromorphic applications on heterogeneous cluster

Khadeer Ahmed, Qinru Qiu, Mangesh Tamhankar

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Abstract

With the proliferation of application specific accelerators, the use of heterogeneous clusters is rapidly increasing. Consisting of processors with different architectures, a heterogeneous cluster aims at providing different performance and cost tradeoffs for different types of workloads. In order to achieve peak performance, software running on heterogeneous cluster needs to be designed carefully to provide enough flexibility to explore its variety. We propose a design methodology to modularize complex software applications with data dependencies. The software application designed in this way have the flexibility to be reconfigured for different hardware platforms to facilitate resource management, and features high scalability and parallelism. Using a neuromorphic application as a case study, we present the concept of modularization and discuss the management, scheduling and communication of the modules. We also present experimental results demonstrating the improvements and effects of system scaling on throughput.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509035250
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Event2016 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2016 - Waltham, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2016Sep 15 2016

Other

Other2016 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityWaltham
Period9/13/169/15/16

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Keywords

  • Distributed computing
  • heterogeneous computing
  • latency hiding
  • modularization
  • pipelining
  • structure based scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computational Mathematics

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Ahmed, K., Qiu, Q., & Tamhankar, M. (2016). Distributed and configurable architecture for neuromorphic applications on heterogeneous cluster. In 2016 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2016 [7761598] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/HPEC.2016.7761598