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SCHEDULE: NOV 13-19, 2010

Critical Path Analysis for Large-Scale MPI Programs

SESSION: Research Poster Reception


TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

AUTHOR(S):David Boehme, Martin Schulz, Bronis R. de Supinski, Markus Geimer, Felix Wolf

ROOM:Main Lobby

The critical path, which describes the longest execution sequence without wait states in a parallel program, is a key metric for the performance analysis of parallel programs. Further insights can be gained by incorporating near-critical paths as well, which can be used to assess the maximum possible optimization benefit of an activity on the critical path. Together, these metrics provide important guidance in identifying promising optimization targets. In this poster, we introduce a novel approach to determine the critical path profile and calculate the maximum optimization benefit in a highly scalable way. By replaying event traces in parallel, our algorithm generates a critical path profile and identifies a representative set of near-critical paths even for runs with thousands of processes. We illustrate the additional insight gained by incorporating near-critical paths into the critical path analysis, and demonstrate the scalability of our approach.

Chair/Author Details:

David Boehme - RWTH Aachen University

Martin Schulz - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Bronis R. de Supinski - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Markus Geimer - Forschungzentrum Juelich

Felix Wolf - German Research School for Simulation Sciences

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