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Large-Scale System Monitoring Experiences and Recommendations

Ahlgren, Ville; Andersson, Stefan; Brandt, James M.; Cardo, Nicholas; Chunduri, Sudheer; Enos, Jeremy; Fields, Parks; Gentile, Ann C.; Gerber, Richard; Gienger, Michael; Greenseid, Joe; Greiner, Annette; Hadri, Bilel; He, Yun; Hoppe, Dennis; Kaila, Urpo; Kelly, Kaki; Klein, Mark; Kristiansen, Alex; Leak, Steve; Mason, Mike; Pedretti, Kevin P.; Piccinali, Jean G.; Repik, Jason; Rogers, Jim; Salminen, Susanna; Showerman, Mike; Whitney, Cary; Williams, Jim

Monitoring of High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms is critical to successful operations, can provide insights into performance-impacting conditions, and can inform methodologies for improving science throughput. However, monitoring systems are not generally considered core capabilities in system requirements specifications nor in vendor development strategies. In this paper we present work performed at a number of large-scale HPC sites towards developing monitoring capabilities that fill current gaps in ease of problem identification and root cause discovery. We also present our collective views, based on the experiences presented, on needs and requirements for enabling development by vendors or users of effective sharable end-to-end monitoring capabilities.