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Title: Continuous whole-system monitoring toward rapid understanding of production HPC applications and systems

A detailed understanding of HPC applications’ resource needs and their complex interactions with each other and HPC platform resources are critical to achieving scalability and performance. Such understanding has been difficult to achieve because typical application profiling tools do not capture the behaviors of codes under the potentially wide spectrum of actual production conditions and because typical monitoring tools do not capture system resource usage information with high enough fidelity to gain sufficient insight into application performance and demands. In this paper we present both system and application profiling results based on data obtained through synchronized system wide monitoring on a production HPC cluster at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). We demonstrate analytic and visualization techniques that we are using to characterize application and system resource usage under production conditions for better understanding of application resource needs. Furthermore, our goals are to improve application performance (through understanding application-to-resource mapping and system throughput) and to ensure that future system capabilities match their intended workloads.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0167-8191; PII: S0167819116300394
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Parallel Computing
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Parallel Computing; Journal ID: ISSN 0167-8191
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; HPC monitoring; system profiling; application profiling; resource utilization scoring
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OSTI ID: 1397979