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MACORD: Online Adaptive Machine Learning Framework for Silent Error Detection

TitleMACORD: Online Adaptive Machine Learning Framework for Silent Error Detection
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSubasi, O, Di, S, Balaprakash, P, Unsal, O, Labarta, J, Cristal, A, Krishnamoorthy, S, Cappello, F
Report NumberANL/MCS-P8005-0817

Future high-performance computing (HPC) systems with ever-increasing resource capacity (such as compute cores, memory and storage) may significantly increase the risks on reliability. Silent data corruptions (SDCs) or silent errors are among the major sources that corrupt HPC execution results. Unlike fail-stop errors, SDCs can be harmful and dangerous in that they cannot be detected by hardware. To remedy this, we propose an online MAchine-learning-based silent data CORruption Detection framework (abbreviated as MACORD) for detecting SDCs in HPC applications. In our study, we comprehensively investigate the prediction ability of a multitude of machine-learning algorithms and enable the detector to automatically select the best-fit algorithms at runtime to adapt to the data dynamics. Because it takes only spatial features (i.e., neighboring data values for each data point in the current time step) into the training data, our learning framework exhibits low memory overhead (less than 1%). Experiments based on real-world scientific applications/benchmarks show that our framework can elevate the detection sensitivity (i.e., recall) up to 99%. Meanwhile the false positive rate is limited to 0.1% in most cases, which is one order of magnitude improvement compared with the latest state-of-the-art spatial technique.