Interpreting performance data across intuitive domains

Martin Schulz, Joshua A. Levine, Peer Timo Bremer, Todd Gamblin, Valerio Pascucci

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23 Scopus citations


To exploit the capabilities of current and future systems, developers must understand the interplay between onnode performance, domain decomposition, and an application's intrinsic communication patterns. While tools exist to gather and analyze data for each of these components individually, the resulting information is generally processed in isolation and presented in an abstract, categorical fashion unintuitive to most users. In this paper we present the HAC model, in which we identify the three domains of performance data most familiar to the user: (i) the application domain containing the application's working set, (ii) the hardware domain of the compute and network devices, and (iii) the communication domain of logical data transfers. We show that taking data from each of these domains and projecting, visualizing, and correlating it to the other domains can give valuable insights into the behavior of parallel application codes. The HAC abstraction opens the door for a new generation of tools that can help users more easily and intuitively associate performance data with root causes in the hardware system, the application's structure, and in its communication behavior, and by doing so leads to an improved understanding of the performance of their codes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2011 International Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2011
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event40th International Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2011 - Taipei City, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Sep 13 2011Sep 16 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Parallel Processing
ISSN (Print)0190-3918


Conference40th International Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2011
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei City


  • Performance analysis and visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Hardware and Architecture


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