Vincent created SPARK-21688:

             Summary: performance improvement in mllib SVM with native BLAS 
                 Key: SPARK-21688
             Project: Spark
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: MLlib
    Affects Versions: 2.2.0
         Environment: 4 nodes: 1 master node, 3 worker nodes
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v2 @ 2.70GHz
Memory : 180G
num of core per node: 10
            Reporter: Vincent

in current mllib SVM implementation, we found that the CPU is not fully 
utilized, one reason is that f2j blas is set to be used in the HingeGradient 
computation. As we found out earlier 
( that with proper settings, 
native blas is generally better than f2j on the uni-test level, here we make 
the blas operations in SVM go with MKL blas and get an end to end performance 
report showing that in most cases native blas outperformance f2j blas up to 50%.
So, we suggest removing those f2j-fixed calling and going for native blas if 
available. If this proposal is acceptable, we will move on to benchmark other 
algorithms impacted. 

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