A Workload Analysis of NSF's Innovative HPC Resources Using XDMoD [article]

Nikolay A. Simakov, Joseph P. White, Robert L. DeLeon, Steven M. Gallo, Matthew D. Jones, Jeffrey T. Palmer, Benjamin Plessinger, Thomas R. Furlani
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Workload characterization is an integral part of performance analysis of high performance computing (HPC) systems. An understanding of workload properties sheds light on resource utilization and can be used to inform performance optimization both at the software and system configuration levels. It can provide information on how computational science usage modalities are changing that could potentially aid holistic capacity planning for the wider HPC ecosystem. Here, we report on the results of
more » ... detailed workload analysis of the portfolio of supercomputers comprising the NSF Innovative HPC program in order to characterize its past and current workload and look for trends to understand the nature of how the broad portfolio of computational science research is being supported and how it is changing over time. The workload analysis also sought to illustrate a wide variety of usage patterns and performance requirements for jobs running on these systems. File system performance, memory utilization and the types of parallelism employed by users (MPI, threads, etc) were also studied for all systems for which job level performance data was available.
arXiv:1801.04306v1 fatcat:opybj47hmvfvbphlkb6wvvfn3i