Process-Oriented Performance Engineering Service Infrastructure for Scientific Software at German HPC Centers

Third party funded individual grant


Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wellein

Project members:
Dr. Jan Eitzinger
Thomas Gruber

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Professur für Höchstleistungsrechnen
Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen (RRZE)

Funding source: DFG-Einzelförderung / Sachbeihilfe (EIN-SBH)
Acronym: ProPE
Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2019


Research Fields

Performance Engineering
Professur für Höchstleistungsrechnen


Abstract (technical / expert description):


The ProPE project will deploy a prototype HPC user support

infrastructure as a distributed cross-site collaborative effort of several

tier-2/3 centers with complementing HPC expertise. Within ProPE

code optimizing and parallelization of scientific software is seen as a

structured, well-defined process with sustainable outcome. The

central component of ProPE is the improvement, process-based

implementation, and dissemination of a structured performance

engineering (PE) process. This PE process defines and drives code

optimization and parallelization as a target-oriented, structured

process. Application hot spots are identified first and then

optimized/parallelized in an iterative cycle: Starting with an analysis of

the algorithm, the code, and the target hardware a hypothesis of the

performance-limiting factors is proposed based on performance

patterns and models. Performance measurements validate or guide

the iterative adaption of the hypothesis. After validation of the

hardware bottleneck, appropriate code changes are deployed and the

PE cycle restarts. The level of detail of the PE process can be

adapted to the complexity of the underlying problem and the

experience of the HPC analyst. Currently this process is applied by

experts and at the prototype level. ProPE will formalize and document

the PE process and apply it to various scenarios (single core/node

optimization, distributed parallelization, IO-intensive problems).

Different abstraction levels of the PE process will be implemented and

disseminated to HPC analysts and application developers via user

support projects, teaching activities, and web documentation. The

integration of the PE process into modern IT infrastructure across

several centers with different HPC support expertise will be the

second project focus. All components of the PE process will be

coordinated and standardized across the partnering sites. This way

the complete HPC expertise within ProPE can be offered as coherent

service on a nationwide scale. Ongoing support projects can be

transferred easily between participating centers. In order to identify

low-performing applications, characterize application loads, and

quantify benefits of the PE activities at a system level, ProPE will

employ a system monitoring infrastructure for HPC clusters. This tool

will be tailored to the requirements of the PE process and designed

for easy deployment and usage at tier-2/3 centers. The associated

ProPE partners will ensure the embedding into the German HPC

infrastructure and provide basic PE expertise in terms of algorithmic

choices, perfectly complementing the code optimization and

parallelization efforts of ProPE.


External Partners

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen
Technische Universität Dresden
Technische Universität München (TUM)

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