DistGNN: Scalable Distributed Training for Large-Scale Graph Neural Networks
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
TimeThursday, 18 November 202110:30am - 11am CST
DescriptionFull-batch training on Graph Neural Networks (GNN) to learn the structure of large graphs is a critical problem that needs to scale to hundreds of compute nodes to be feasible. It is challenging due to large memory capacity and bandwidth requirements on a single compute node and high communication volumes across multiple nodes. In this paper, we present DistGNN that optimizes the well-known Deep Graph Library (DGL) for full-batch training on CPU clusters via an efficient shared memory implementation, communication reduction using a minimum vertex-cut graph partitioning algorithm and communication avoidance using a family of delayed-update algorithms. Our results on four common GNN benchmark datasets: Reddit, OGB-Products, OGB-Papers and Proteins, show up to 3.7× speed-up using a single CPU socket and up to 97× speed-up using 128 CPU sockets, respectively, over baseline DGL implementations running on a single CPU socket.