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Exploiting performance counters to predict and improve energy performance of HPC systems

Tsafack Chetsa, Ghislain Landry and Lefèvre, Laurent and Pierson, Jean-Marc and Stolf, Patricia and Da Costa, Georges Exploiting performance counters to predict and improve energy performance of HPC systems. (2014) Future Generation Computer Systems, 36. 287-298. ISSN 0167-739X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.future.2013.07.010


Hardware monitoring through performance counters is available on almost all modern processors. Although these counters are originally designed for performance tuning, they have also been used for evaluating power consumption. We propose two approaches for modelling and understanding the behaviour of high performance computing (HPC) systems relying on hardware monitoring counters. We evaluate the effectiveness of our system modelling approach considering both optimizing the energy usage of HPC systems and predicting HPC applications’ energy consumption as target objectives. Although hardware monitoring counters are used for modelling the system, other methods–including partial phase recognition and cross platform energy prediction–are used for energy optimization and prediction. Experimental results for energy prediction demonstrate that we can accurately predict the peak energy consumption of an application on a target platform; whereas, results for energy optimization indicate that with no a priori knowledge of workloads sharing the platform we can save up to 24% of the overall HPC system’s energy consumption under benchmarks and real-life workloads.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Future Generation Computer Systems website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167739X13001556
HAL Id:hal-01123831
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon - ENS de Lyon (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique - INRIA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Claude Bernard-Lyon I - UCBL (FRANCE)
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