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Instrumentation and analysis of MPI queue times on the seaStar high-performance network

Brightwell, Ronald B.; Pedretti, Kevin P.; Ferreira, Kurt

Understanding the communication behavior and network resource usage of parallel applications is critical to achieving high performance and scalability on systems with tens of thousands of network endpoints. The need for better understanding is not only driven by the desire to identify potential performance optimization opportunities for current networks, but is also a necessity for designing next-generation networking hardware. In this paper, we describe our approach to instrumenting the SeaStar interconnect on the Cray XT series of massively parallel processing machines to gather low-level network timing data. This data provides a new perspective on performance evaluation, both in terms of evaluating the resource usage patterns of applications as well as evaluating different implementation strategies in the network protocol stack. © 2008 IEEE.