EUPEX parter CINI (University of Bologna) had a research paper accepted at the 28th International European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing – better known as EURO-PAR 2022, which was held from 22 to 26 August 2022 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom).
Abstract: Anomaly detection systems are vital in ensuring the availability of modern High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems, where many components can fail or behave wrongly. Building a data-driven representation of the computing nodes can help with predictive maintenance and facility management. Luckily, most of the current supercomputers are endowed with monitoring frameworks that can build such representations in conjunction with Deep Learning (DL) models. In this work, we propose a novel semi-supervised DL approach based on autoencoder networks and clustering algorithms (applied to the latent representation) to build a digital twin of the computing nodes of the system. The DL model projects the node features into a lower-dimensional space. Then, clustering is applied to capture and reveal underlying, non-trivial correlations between the features.
The extracted information provides valuable insights for system administrators and managers, such as anomaly detection and node classification based on their behaviour and operative conditions. We validated the approach on 240 nodes from the Marconi 100 system, a Tier-0 supercomputer located in CINECA (Italy), considering a 10-month period.
Authors: Martin Molan, Andrea Borghesi, Luca Benini & Andrea Bartolini