Mapping Multi-Layer Baysian LDA to Massively Parallel Supercomputers

Date of Submission: 
October 10, 2011
Report Number: 
11-023
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Abstract: 
LDA, short for Latent Dirichlet Allocation, is a hierarchical Bayesian model for content analysis. LDA has seen a wide variety of applications, but it also presents computational challenges because the iterative computation of approximate inference is required. Recently an approach based on Gibbs Sampling and MPI is proposed to address these challenges, while this report presents the work that maps it to a massively parallel supercomputer, Blue Gene. The work enhances the runtime performance by utilizing special hardware architecture of Blue Gene such as dual floating-point unit and by using general programming/compiling techniques such as loop unfolding. Results from the empirical evaluation using a real-world large-scale data set indicate the following findings: First, the use of dual floating-point unit contributes to a significant performance gain, and thus it should be considered in the design of processors for computationally intensive machine learning applications. Second, although it is a simple technique and most compilers support it, loop unfolding improves the performance gain even further. Since loop unfolding is general enough to be applied to other platforms, this report suggests that compilers should perform loop unfolding in a more intelligent manner.