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Performance analysis of Sweep3D on Blue Gene/P with the Scalasca toolset

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5 Author(s)
Wylie, B.J.N. ; Julich Supercomput. Centre, Forschungszentrum Julich, Julich, Germany ; Bohme, D. ; Mohr, B. ; Szebenyi, Z.
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In studying the scalability of the Scalasca performance analysis toolset to several hundred thousand MPI processes on IBM Blue Gene/P, we investigated a progressive execution performance deterioration of the well-known ASCI Sweep3D compact application. Scalasca runtime summarization analysis quantified MPI communication time that correlated wth computational imbalance, and automated trace analysis confirmed growing amounts of MPI waiting times. Further instrumentation, measurement and analyses pinpointed a conditional section of highly imbalanced computation which amplified waiting times inherent in the associated wavefront communication that seriously degraded overall execution efficiency at very large scales. By employing effective data collation, management and graphical presentation, Scalasca was thereby able to demonstrate performance measurements and analyses with 294,912 processes for the first time.

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Parallel & Distributed Processing, Workshops and Phd Forum (IPDPSW), 2010 IEEE International Symposium on

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19-23 April 2010