Paper by Youngeun Kwon, Yunjae Lee, and Minsoo Rhu presented at 52th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-52)

Title: TensorDIMM: A Practical Near-Memory Processing Architecture for Embeddings and Tensor Operations in Deep Learning

Authors: Youngeun Kwon, Yunjae Lee, and Minsoo Rhu

Recent studies from several hyper scalars pinpoint to embedding layers as the most memory-intensive deep learning (DL) algorithm being deployed in today’s data centers. This paper addresses the memory capacity and bandwidth challenges of embedding layers and the associated tensor operations. We present our vertically integrated hardware/software co-design, which includes a custom DIMM module enhanced with near-memory processing cores tailored for DL tensor operations. These custom DIMMs are populated inside a GPU-centric system interconnect as a remote memory pool, allowing GPUs to utilize for scalable memory bandwidth and capacity expansion. A prototype implementation of our proposal on real DL systems shows an average 6.2−17.6× performance improvement on state-of-the-art DNN-based recommender systems.