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Workshop: New Frontiers in Graph Learning

GIST: Distributed Training for Large-Scale Graph Convolutional Networks

Cameron Wolfe · Jingkang Yang · Fangshuo Liao · Arindam Chowdhury · Chen Dun · Artun Bayer · Santiago Segarra · Anastasios Kyrillidis

Keywords: [ Distributed Training ] [ overparameterization ] [ graph neural networks ] [ Efficient Training ]

Abstract: The graph convolutional network (GCN) is a go-to solution for machine learning on graphs, but its training is notoriously difficult to scale both in terms of graph size and the number of model parameters. Although some work has explored training on large-scale graphs, we pioneer efficient training of large-scale GCN models with the proposal of a novel, distributed training framework, called \texttt{GIST}. \texttt{GIST} disjointly partitions the parameters of a GCN model into several, smaller sub-GCNs that are trained independently and in parallel. Compatible with all GCN architectures and existing sampling techniques, \texttt{GIST} $i)$ improves model performance, $ii)$ scales to training on arbitrarily large graphs, $iii)$ decreases wall-clock training time, and $iv)$ enables the training of markedly overparameterized GCN models. Remarkably, with \texttt{GIST}, we train an astonishgly-wide $32,\!768$-dimensional GraphSAGE model, which exceeds the capacity of a single GPU by a factor of $8\times$, to SOTA performance on the Amazon2M dataset.

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