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Overtime: A tool for analyzing performance variation due to network interference

Grant, Ryan E.; Pedretti, Kevin P.; Gentile, Ann C.

Shared networks create unique challenges in obtaining con-sistent performance across jobs for large systems when not using exclusive system-wide allocations. In order to provide good system utilization, resource managers allocate system space to multiple jobs. These multiple independent node al-locations can interfere with each other through their shared network. This work provides a method of observing and measuring the impact of network contention due to interfer-ence from other jobs through a continually running bench-mark application and the use of network performance coun-Ters. This is the first work to measure network interfer-ence using specially designed benchmarks and network per-formance counters.