A holistic approach for performance measurement and analysis for petascale applications

Heike Jagode, Jack Dongarra, Sadaf Alam, Jeffrey Vetter, Wyatt Spear, Allen D. Malony

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    Contemporary high-end Terascale and Petascale systems are composed of hundreds of thousands of commodity multi-core processors interconnected with high-speed custom networks. Performance characteristics of applications executing on these systems are a function of system hardware and software as well as workload parameters. Therefore, it has become increasingly challenging to measure, analyze and project performance using a single tool on these systems. In order to address these issues, we propose a methodology for performance measurement and analysis that is aware of applications and the underlying system hierarchies. On the application level, we measure cost distribution and runtime dependent values for different components of the underlying programming model. On the system front, we measure and analyze information gathered for unique system features, particularly shared components in the multi-core processors. We demonstrate our approach using a Petascale combustion application called S3D on two high-end Teraflops systems, Cray XT4 and IBM Blue Gene/P, using a combination of hardware performance monitoring, profiling and tracing tools. © 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|Lect. Notes Comput. Sci.
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)3642019722, 9783642019722
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event9th International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2009 - Baton Rouge, LA
    Duration: 1 Jul 2009 → …

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    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


    Conference9th International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2009
    CityBaton Rouge, LA
    Period1/07/09 → …
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    • Performance Analysis
    • Performance Tools
    • Petascale Applications
    • Petascale Systems
    • Profiling
    • Trace files
    • Tracing


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