FusionStitching: Boosting Execution Efficiency of Memory Intensive Computations for DL Workloads

Guoping Long, Jun Yang, Wei Lin
Alibaba Group
arXiv:1911.11576 [cs.DC], (24 Nov 2019)


   title={FusionStitching: Boosting Execution Efficiency of Memory Intensive Computations for DL Workloads},

   author={Guoping Long and Jun Yang and Wei Lin},






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Performance optimization is the art of continuous seeking a harmonious mapping between the application domain and hardware. Recent years have witnessed a surge of deep learning (DL) applications in industry. Conventional wisdom for optimizing such workloads mainly focus on compute intensive ops (GEMM, Convolution, etc). Yet we show in this work, that the performance of memory intensive computations is vital to E2E performance in practical DL models. We propose FusionStitching, a optimization framework capable of fusing memory intensive elementwise, reduction and fine grained GEMM/Batched-GEMM ops, with or without data dependences, into large computation units, then mapping and transforming them into efficient GPU kernels. We formulate the fusion plan optimization as an integer linear programming (ILP) problem, and propose a set of empirical heuristics to reduce the combinatorial search space. In order to map optimized fusion plans to hardware, we propose a technique to effectively compose various groups of computations into a single GPU kernel, by fully leveraging on chip resources like scratchpads or registers. Experimental results on six benchmarks and four industry scale practical models are encouraging. Overall, FusionStitching can reach up to 5.7x speedup compared to Tensorflow baseline, and achieves 1.25x to 1.85x performance speedups compared to current state of the art, with 1.4x on average (geometric mean).
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