ParameterServerStrategy Performance Issues

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joe montana

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Jun 7, 2021, 5:55:20 AMJun 7
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I am training Keras models(tf-operator, TensorFlow 2.5.0) with ParameterServerStrategy. I think the worker nodes are extremely underutilized.
Is there any sample code to reference?  I've checked all the guides & tutorials & Github Issues etc, and I have not found anything useful. There are no log messages on worker nodes as well. How can I debug this issue?  I've profiled my model pipeline on single instance, and my pipeline is not input bound.
  • Your program is NOT input-bound because only 0.0% of the total step time sampled is waiting for input. Therefore, you should focus on reducing other time.

Thanks a lot.

Yuefeng Zhou

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Jun 7, 2021, 2:25:58 PMJun 7
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Hi Joe,

Are you following this guide to use PSStrategy: https://www.tensorflow.org/tutorials/distribute/parameter_server_training? It has a section that talks about performance. If you can provide a profile for the coordinator, I can probably give more suggestions.

Thanks,
Yuefeng

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joe montana

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Jun 7, 2021, 11:58:08 PMJun 7
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Thanks for the quick response. I will do profiling on the chief node. I also doubt I might have messed up big time with PS, so I will paste PS-specific code here.

def dist_train(args):
    os.environ["GRPC_FAIL_FAST"] = "use_caller"
    cluster_resolver = TFConfigClusterResolver()
    if cluster_resolver.task_type in ('ps', 'worker'):
        logging.info(
            "[{}] Start {}({})...".format(datetime.now(), cluster_resolver.task_type, cluster_resolver.task_id))
        server = tf.distribute.Server(
            cluster_resolver.cluster_spec(),
            job_name=cluster_resolver.task_type,
            task_index=cluster_resolver.task_id,
            protocol=cluster_resolver.rpc_layer or "grpc",
            start=True)
        print(cluster_resolver.cluster_spec())
        server.join()
    if cluster_resolver.task_type == 'chief':
        NUM_PS = len(cluster_resolver.cluster_spec().as_dict().get("ps", ()))
        # wait for workers to be ready
        time.sleep(5)
        logging.info(
            "[{}] Start {}({})...".format(datetime.now(), cluster_resolver.task_type, cluster_resolver.task_id))
        variable_partitioner = (
            tf.distribute.experimental.partitioners.FixedShardsPartitioner(
                num_shards=NUM_PS))

        strategy = tf.distribute.experimental.ParameterServerStrategy(
            cluster_resolver,
            variable_partitioner=variable_partitioner)

        with strategy.scope():
            keras_model = make_model(args)
            keras_model.compile(args)
            keras_model.fit(sharded_ds)

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