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Title: The Gremlin Framework

The Gremlin sofrware package is a performance analysis approach targeted to support the Co-Design process for future systems. It consists of a series of modules that can be used to alter a machine's behavior with the goal of emulating future machine properties. The modules can be divided into several classes; the most significant ones are detailed below. PowGre is a series of modules that help explore the power consumption properties of applications and to determine the impact of power constraints on applications. Most of them use low-level processor interfaces to directly control voltage and frequency settings as well as per nodes, socket, or memory power bounds. MemGre are memory Gremlins and implement a new performance analysis technique that captures the application's effective use of the storage capacity of different levels of the memory hierarchy as well as the bandwidth between adjacent levels. The approach models various memory components as resources and measures how much of each resource the application uses from the application's own perspective. To the application a given amount of a resource is "used" if not having this amount will degrade the application's performance. This is in contrast to the hardware-centric perspective that considers "use" as any hardwaremore » action that utilizes the resource, even if it has no effect on performance. ResGre are Gremlins that use fault injection techniques to emulate higher fault rates than currently present in today's systems. Faults can be injected through various means, including network interposition, static analysis, and code modification, or direct application notification. ResGre also includes patches to previously released LLNL codes that can counteract and react to injected failures.« less
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Media Directory; Software Abstract; Media includes Source Code; / 1 CD-ROM
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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United States Department of Energy
Contributing Orgs:
M. Schulz, B. Rountree, I. Laguna, M. C. Guix, G. Bronevetsky
Country of Publication:
United States

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