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Distributed performance monitoring: methods, tools, and applications

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5 Author(s)
Hofmann, R. ; Inst. fur Math. Maschinen, Erlangen-Nurnberg Univ., Germany ; Klar, R. ; Mohr, B. ; Quick, A.
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A method for analyzing the functional behavior and the performance of programs in distributed systems is presented. We use hybrid monitoring, a technique which combines advantages of both software monitoring and hardware monitoring. The paper contains a description of a hardware monitor and a software package (ZM4/SIMPLE) which make our concepts available to programmers, assisting them in debugging and tuning of their code. A short survey of related monitor systems highlights the distinguishing features of our implementation. As an application of our monitoring and evaluation system, the analysis of a parallel ray tracing program running on the SUPRENUM multiprocessor is described. It is shown that monitoring and modeling both rely on a common abstraction of a system's dynamic behavior and therefore can be integrated to one comprehensive methodology. This methodology is supported by a set of tools

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Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 6 )