Performance-reliability tradeoff analysis for multithreaded applications

Isil Oz, Haluk Rahmi Topcuoglu, Mahmut Kandemir, Oguz Tosun

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Modern architectures become more susceptible to transient errors with the scale down of circuits. This makes reliability an increasingly critical concern in computer systems. In general, there is a tradeoff between system reliability and performance of multithreaded applications running on multicore architectures. In this paper, we conduct a performance-reliability analysis for different parallel versions of three data-intensive applications including FFT, Jacobi Kernel, andWater Simulation. We measure the performance of these programs by counting execution clock cycles, while the system reliability is measured by Thread Vulnerability Factor (TVF) which is a recently-proposed metric. TVF measures the vulnerability of a thread to hardware faults at a high level. We carry out experiments by executing parallel implementations on multicore architectures and collect data about the performance and vulnerability. Our experimental evaluation indicates that the choice is clear for FFT application and Jacobi Kernel. Transpose algorithm for FFT application results in less than 5% performance loss while the vulnerability increases by 20% compared to binary-exchange algorithm. Unrolled Jacobi code reduces execution time up to 50% with no significant change on vulnerability values. However, the tradeoff is more interesting for Water Simulation where nsquared version reduces the vulnerability values significantly by worsening the performance with similar rates compared to faster but more vulnerable spatial version.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2012
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783981080186
StatePublished - 2012
Event15th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2012 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: Mar 12 2012Mar 16 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings -Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE
ISSN (Print)1530-1591


Other15th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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