Robert Evans

Distinguished Software Engineer, NVIDIA

Robert Evans is a Distinguished Software Engineer at Nvidia. He is a PMC member of Apache Hadoop, Spark, Storm, and Tez. Prior to Nvidia, he worked for Yahoo on the Big Data Platform team on Apache Spark, Hadoop, Storm, and Tez. He also worked on enabling the GNU Linux operating system on ARM processors for mobile devices. Robert holds BS degrees in Computer Science and in Computer Engineering from the University of Utah.

Past sessions

Summit 2020 Deep Dive into GPU Support in Apache Spark 3.x

June 24, 2020 05:00 PM PT

Utilizing accelerators in Apache Spark presents opportunities for significant speedup of ETL, ML and DL applications. In this deep dive, we give an overview of accelerator aware task scheduling, columnar data processing support, fractional scheduling, and stage level resource scheduling and configuration. Furthermore, we dive into the Apache Spark 3.x RAPIDS plugin, which enables applications to take advantage of GPU acceleration with no code change. An explanation of how the Catalyst optimizer physical plan is modified for GPU aware scheduling is reviewed. The talk touches upon how the plugin can take advantage of the RAPIDS specific libraries, cudf, cuio and rmm to run tasks on the GPU. Optimizations were also made to the shuffle plugin to take advantage of the GPU using UCX, a unified communication framework that addresses GPU memory intra and inter node. A roadmap for further optimizations taking advantage of RDMA and GPU Direct Storage are mentioned. Industry standard benchmarks and runs on production datasets will be shared..