Scalability prediction for fundamental performance factors


  • Claudia Rosas Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Barcelona
  • Judit Giménez Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Barcelona Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona
  • Jesús Labarta Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Barcelona Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona



Inferring the expected performance for parallel applications is getting harder than ever; applications need to be modeled for restricted or nonexistent systems and performance analysts are required to identify and extrapolate their behavior using only the available resources. Prediction models can be based on detailed knowledge of the application algorithms or on blindly trying to extrapolate measurements from existing architectures and codes. This paper describes the work done to define an intermediate methodology where the combination of (a) the essential knowledge about fundamental factors in parallel codes, and (b) detailed analysis of the application behavior at low core counts on current platforms, guides the modeling efforts to estimate behavior at very large core counts. Our methodology integrates the use of several components like instrumentation package, visualization tools, simulators, analytical models and very high level information from the application running on systems in production to build a performance model.


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How to Cite

Rosas, C., Giménez, J., & Labarta, J. (2014). Scalability prediction for fundamental performance factors. Supercomputing Frontiers and Innovations, 1(2), 4–19.

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