On the Effect of using rCUDA to Provide CUDA Acceleration to Xen Virtual Machines

Javier Prades, Carlos Reaño, Federico Silla

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Abstract

Nowadays, many data centers use virtual machines (VMs) in order to achieve a more efficient use of hardware resources. The use of VMs provides a reduction in equipment and maintenance expenses as well as a lower electricity consumption. Nevertheless, current virtualization solutions, such as Xen, do not easily provide graphics processing units (GPUs) to applications running in the virtualized domain with the flexibility usually required in data centers (i.e., managing virtual GPU instances and concurrently sharing them among several VMs). Therefore, the execution of GPU-accelerated applications within VMs is hindered by this lack of flexibility. In this regard, remote GPU virtualization solutions may address this concern. In this paper we analyze the use of the remote GPU virtualization mechanism to accelerate scientific applications running inside Xen VMs. We conduct our study with six different applications, namely CUDA-MEME, CUDASW++, GPU-BLAST, LAMMPS, a triangle count application, referred to as TRICO, and a synthetic benchmark used to emulate different application behaviors. Our experiments show that the use of remote GPU virtualization is a feasible approach to address the current concerns of sharing GPUs among several VMs, featuring a very low overhead if an InfiniBand fabric is already present in the cluster.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-204
Number of pages20
JournalCluster Computing
Volume22
Early online date08 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019

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