Performance Analysis for Parallel R Programs: Towards Efficient Resource Utilization [report]

Helena Kotthaus, Ingo Korb, Peter Marwedel, Technische Universität Dortmund, Technische Universität Dortmund
Parallel computing is becoming more and more popular, since R is increasingly used to process large data sets. We therefore have improved traceR to allow for profiling parallel applications also. TraceR can be used for common cases like parallelization on multiple cores or parallelization on multiple machines. For the parallel performance analysis we added measurements like CPU utilization of parallel tasks and measurements for analyzing the memory usage of parallel programs during execution.
more » ... during execution. With our parallel performance analysis we concentrate on applications that are embarrassingly par- allel consisting of independent tasks. One example application which is embarrassingly parallel and also has a high resource utilization is the model selection. Here the goal is to find the best machine learning algorithm configuration for building a model for the given data. Therefore one has to search through a huge model space. Since the gain from parallel execution can be negated if the memory requirements of all parallel processes exceed the capacity of the system, our profiling data can serve as a constraint to determine the degree of parallelism and also to guide distribution of parallel R applications. Our goal is to provide a resource-aware parallelization strategy. To develop such a strategy we first need to analyze the performance of parallel applications. In the following we therefore will describe different parallel example applications and show how traceR is applied to analyze parallel R applications.
doi:10.17877/de290r-19159 fatcat:5jv3xnh6p5blxlfufpzdb7enb4