[Beowulf] New software for experiment management and analysis available
joachim at ccrl-nece.de
Mon Aug 29 09:51:12 PDT 2005
We (NEC C&C Research Labs) have released 'perfbase' under GPL. 'perfbase' is a
set of Python scripts (currently about 12.500 lines) which, together with a
PostgreSQL database server, support the management and analysis of experimental
data. In principle, it is a generic tool set, but we designed it and use it to
track experiments from computational science and R&D, like the performance of
MPI libraries and HPC platforms assessed by benchmarks or applications.
'perfbase' is not a tracing library, hardware counter tool or similar; it just
takes the plain-text output files of any sort of program as input and cares for
the consistent and automatic analysis of this data over an unlimited number of
executions of this program, typically with differing parameters or on different
platforms. The resulting data can be filtered, related, transformed and visualized.
'perfbase' is available via http://perfbase.tigris.org. There are some documents
and presentation slides available, too, and the distribution archive contains a
number of examples. There'll also be a talk on perfbase at the IEEE Cluster
Conference in Boston (see http://www.cluster2005.org, Wednesday morning).
Feedback is most welcome, as well as contributions.
Joachim Worringen - NEC C&C research lab St.Augustin
fon +49-2241-9252.20 - fax .99 - http://www.ccrl-nece.de
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