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Characterizing Load and Communication Imbalance in Large-Scale Parallel Applications

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3 Author(s)
Bohme, D. ; German Res. Sch. for Simulation Sci., RWTH Aachen Univ., Aachen, Germany ; Wolf, F. ; Geimer, M.

Load or communication imbalance prevents many codes from taking advantage of the parallelism available on modern supercomputers. We present two scalable methods to highlight imbalance in parallel programs: The first method identifies delays that inflict wait states at subsequent synchronization points, and attributes their costs in terms of resource waste to the original cause. The second method combines knowledge of the critical path with traditional parallel profiles to derive a set of compact performance indicators that help answer a variety of important performance-analysis questions, such as identifying load imbalance, quantifying the impact of imbalance on runtime, and characterizing resource consumption. Both methods employ a highly scalable parallel replay of event traces, making them a suitable analysis instrument for massively parallel MPI programs with tens of thousands of processes.

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops & PhD Forum (IPDPSW), 2012 IEEE 26th International

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21-25 May 2012