RDMA-Based Algorithms for Sparse Matrix Multiplication on GPUs

Benjamin Brock, Aydin Buluç, Katherine A. Yelick

Sparse matrix multiplication is an important kernel for large-scale graph processing and other data-intensive applications. In this paper, we implement various asynchronous, RDMA-based sparse times dense (SpMM) and sparse times sparse (SpGEMM) algorithms, evaluating their performance running in a distributed memory setting on GPUs. Our RDMA-based implementations use the NVSHMEM communication library for direct, asynchronous one-sided communication between GPUs. We compare our asynchronous implementations to state-of-the-art bulk synchronous GPU libraries as well as a CUDA-Aware MPI implementation of the SUMMA algorithm. We find that asynchronous RDMA-based implementations are able to offer favorable performance compared to bulk synchronous implementations, while also allowing for the straightforward implementation of novel work stealing algorithms.

URL: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3650200.3656623