Dai Yang presented the paper “Predicting Faults in High Performance Computing Systems: An In-Depth Survey of the State-of-the-Practice” at ACM/IEEE SC19 in Denver, CO, USA


As we near exascale, resilience remains a major technical hurdle. Any technique with the goal of achieving resilience suffers from having to be reactive, as failures can appear at any time. A wide body of research aims at predicting failures, i.e., forecasting failures so that evasive actions can be taken while the system is still fully functional, which has the benefit of giving insight into the global system state.

This research area has grown very diverse with a large number of approaches, yet is currently poorly classified, making it hard to understand the impact and coverage of existing work. In this paper, we perform an extensive survey of existing literature in failure prediction by analyzing and comparing more than 30 different failure prediction approaches. We develop a taxonomy, which aids in categorizing the methods, and we show how this can help us to understand the state-of-the-practice of this field and to identify opportunities, gaps as well as future work.


Authors: David Jauk, Dai Yang, Martin Schulz