Global View Resilience (GVR)

5/2015 Cluster paper accepted!  GVR SW is available!

3/2015 FTXS, ICCS, IJHPCA, CCGrid papers accepted!

11/15/2014 GVR Scales to 16,384-way parallelism!

10/3/2014 GVR 1.0.0 Released!

GVR is released as an open source software. Please download now and try it!



Global View Resilience (GVR) is a new approach that exploits a global view data model (global naming of data, consistency, and distributed layout), adding reliability to globally visible distributed arrays.  Key novel features in GVR include: 
  • multi-version arrays with each versioning rate controlled separately by the application (multi-stream)
  • flexible multi-version recovery
  • unified error signalling and handling for flexible cross-layer error recovery.
With a global versioned array as a portable abstraction, GVR enables application programmers to manage reliability (and its overhead) in a flexible, portable fashion, tapping their deep scientific and application code insights. We will research algorithms and a runtime that map and adapt the application/system’s reliability deployment based on application-specified reliability priorities. The unified error handling framework enables applications error detection (checking) and recovery routines that handle diverse classes of errors with a single application recovery. This architecture enables applications and systems to work in concert, exploiting semantics (algorithmic or even scientific domain) and key capabilities (e.g., fast error detection in hardware) to dramatically increase the range of errors that can be detected and corrected. 


We gratefully acknowledge support for the GVR project from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science / ASCR under awards DE-SC0008603/57K68-00-145.

Publications 
  • Hajime Fujita, Kamil Iskra, Pavan Balaji, and Andrew A. Chien, "Empirical Characterization of Versioning Architectures", to appear in IEEE Cluster, September 2015, Chicago.
  • A. Chien, P. Balaji, N. Dun, A. Fang, H. Fujita, K. Iskra, Z. Rubenstein, Z. Zheng, J. Hammond, I. Laguna, D. Richards, A. Dubey, B. van Straalen, M Hoemmen, M. Heroux, K. Teranishi, A. Siegel.  Exploring Versioning for Resilience in Scientific Applications: Global-view Resilience, submitted for publication, March 2015. (Best overall project summary)
  • Aiman Fang and Andrew A. Chien, "How Much SSD Is Useful for Resilience in Supercomputers”, in ACM Symposium on Fault-tolerance at Extreme-Scale (FTXS), June 2015 (Slides)
  • Aiman Fang, "How Much SSD Is Useful for Resilience in Supercomputers”, Master's Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Chicago, April 2015.
  • Nan Dun, Hajime Fujita, John R. Tramm, Andrew A. Chien, Andrew R. Siegel, Data Decomposition in Monte Carlo Neutron Transport Simulations using Global View ArraysInternational Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, March 2015.
  • A. Chien, P. Balaji, P. Beckman, N. Dun, A. Fang, H. Fujita, K. Iskra, Z. Rubenstein, Z. Zheng, R. Schreiber, J. Hammond, J. Dinan, A. Laguna, D. Richards, A. Dubey, B. van Straalen, M Hoemmen, M. Heroux, K. Teranishi, A. Siegel, and J. Tramm, "Versioned Distributed Arrays for Resilience in Scientific Applications: Global View Resilience", in International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2015), Reykjavik, Iceland, June 2015.
  • Hajime Fujita, Nan Dun, Zachary Rubenstein, and Andrew A. Chien.  Log-Structured Global Array for Efficient Multi-Version Snapshots, IEEE CCGrid 2015, May 2015.  Also UChicago CS Tech Report 2014-16Nov 2014.
  • Hajime Fujita, Nan Dun, Aiman Fang, Zachary A. Rubenstein, Ziming Zheng, Kamil Iskra, Jeff Hammond, Anshu Dubey, Pavan Balaji, Andrew A. Chien: Using Global View Resilience (GVR) to add Resilience to Exascale Applications, SC14, Nov 2014 (Best Poster Finalist!)
  • The GVR Team, Global View Resilience (GVR) Documentation, Release 1.0, University of Chicago, Computer Science Technical Report 2014-10.
  • Nan Dun, Hajime Fujita, John Tramm, Andrew A. Chien, and Andrew R. Siegel.  Data Decomposition in Monte Carlo Particle Transport Simulations using Global View Arrays, UChicago CS Tech Report 2014-09 May  2014.
  • The GVR Team, How Applications Use GVR: Use CasesUniversity of Chicago, Computer Science Technical Report 2014-06.
  • The GVR Team, Global View Resilience, API Documentation R0.8.1-rc0, University of Chicago, Computer Science Technical Report 2014-05.
  • Aiman Fang and Andrew A. Chien, "Applying GVR to Molecular Dynamics: Enabling Resilience for Scientific Computations", Tech Report, University of Chicago, Dept of Computer Science, CS-TR-2014-04, April 2014.
  • Ziming Zheng, Andrew A. Chien, Keita Teranishi, "Fault Tolerance in an Inner-Outer Solver: a GVR-enabled Case Study", in Proceedings of VECPAR 2014, July 2014, Eugene, Oregon.  Proceedings available from Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
  • Z. Rubenstein, "Error Checking and Snapshot-based Recovery in Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient Solver", Masters Thesis, University of Chicago, Department of Computer Science, March 2014.
  • Z. Rubenstein, J. Dinan, H. Fujita, Z. Zheng, A. Chien, "Error Checking and Snapshot-Based Recovery in a Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient Solver", University of Chicago, Department of Computer Science Technical Report 2013-11, December 2013
  • Wesley Bland, Aurelien Bouteiller, Thomas Herault, Joshua Hursey, George Bosilca, and JackJ. Dongarra. An evaluation of User-Level Failure Mitigation support in MPI. Computing, 95(12):1171–1184, 2013.
  • Ziming Zheng, Zachary Rubenstein, and Andrew A. Chien, GVR-Enabled Trilinos: An Outside-In Approach for Resilient Computing, in the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing, February 2014, Portland Oregon.
  • Ziming Zheng, Andrew A. Chien, Mark Hoemmen, Keita Teranishi, "Fault Tolerance in an Inner-Outer Solver: a GVR-enabled Case Study", available as Technical Report from University of Chicago Department of Computer Science, CS-TR-2014-01, January 2014.
  • Guoming Lu, Ziming Zheng, and Andrew A. Chien, When are Multiple Checkpoints Needed?, in 3rd Workshop for Fault-tolerance at Extreme Scale (FTXS), at IEEE Conference on High Performance Distributed Computing, June 2013, New York, New York.
  • Hajime Fujita, Robert Schreiber, Andrew A. Chien, It's Time for New Programming Models for Unreliable Hardware, to appear in  ASPLOS 2013 Provocative Ideas session, March 18, 2013.
  • Sean Hogan, Jeff Hammond, and Andrew A. Chien, An Evaluation of Difference and Threshold Techniques for Efficient Checkpointing, 2nd Workshop on Fault-Tolerance at Extreme Scale FTXS 2012 at DSN 2012, June 2012, Boston, Massachusetts.


  • The LSSG is part of the Systems Group in the University of Chicago's   Department of Computer Science, and also affiliated with Chicago's Computation Institute, and Argonne National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Science Division.
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