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Keywords: performance prediction, extrapolation, object-parallel programming,trace-driven simulation, performance debugging tools, modeling
Performance extrapolation is the process of evaluating the performance of a parallel program in a target execution environment using performance information obtained for the same program in a different environment. Performance extrapolation techniques are suited for rapid performance tuning of parallel programs, particularly when the target environment is unavailable. This paper describes one such technique that was developed for data-parallel C++ programs written in the pC++ language. In pC++, the programmer can distribute a collection of objects to various processors and can have methods invoked on those objects execute in parallel. Using performance extrapolation in the development of pC++ applications allows tuning decisions to be made in advance of detailed execution measurements. The pC++ language system includes TAU, an integrated environment for analyzing and tuning the performance of pC++ programs. This paper presents speedy, a new addition to TAU, that predicts the performance of pC++ programs on parallel machines using extrapolation techniques. Speedy applies the existing instrumentation support of TAU to capture high-level event traces of a n-thread pC++ program run on a uniprocessor machine together with trace-driven simulation to predict the performance of the program run on a target n-processor machine. We describe how speedy works and how it is integrated into TAU. We also show how speedy can be used to evaluate a pC++ program for a given target environment.
Created: Fri Dec 3 12:16:26 1999
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