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Scalable fine-grained call path tracing

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Scalable fine-grained call path tracing
Applications must scale well to make efficient use of even medium-scale parallel systems. Because scaling problems are often difficult to diagnose, there is a critical need for scalable tools that guide scientists to the root causes of performance bottlenecks. Although tracing is a powerful performance-analysis technique, tools that employ it can quickly become bottlenecks themselves. Moreover, to obtain actionable performance feedback for modular parallel software systems, it is often necessary to collect and present fine-grained contextsensitive data — the very thing scalable tools avoid. While existing tracing tools can collect calling contexts, they do so only in a coarse-grained fashion; and no prior tool scalably presents both context- and time-sensitive data. This paper describes how to collect, analyze and present fine-grained call path traces for parallel programs. To scale our measurements, we use asynchronous sampling, whose granularity is controlled by a sampling frequ...
Nathan R. Tallent, John M. Mellor-Crummey, Michael
Added 29 Aug 2011
Updated 29 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where ICS
Authors Nathan R. Tallent, John M. Mellor-Crummey, Michael Franco, Reed Landrum, Laksono Adhianto
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