PAS2P Tool, Parallel Application Signature for Performance Prediction
DOI: 10.1109/HPCC.2010.92 Conference: PDPTA
Predicting performance of parallel applications is becoming increasingly complex and the best performance predictor is the application itself, but the time required to run it thoroughly is a onerous requirement. We seek to characterize the behavior of message-passing applications on different systems by extracting a signature which will allow us to predict what system will allow the application to perform best. To achieve this goal, we have developed a method we called Parallel Application Signatures for Performance Prediction (PAS2P) that strives to describe an application based on its behavior. Based on the application's message-passing activity, we have been able to identify and extract representative phases, with which we created a Parallel Application Signature that has allowed us to predict the application's performance. We have experimented with different signature-extraction algorithms and found a reduction in the prediction error using different scientific applications on different clusters. We were able to predict execution times with an average accuracy of over 98%.
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