Performance prediction across platforms is increasingly important as developers can choose from a wide range of execution platforms. The main challenge remains to perform accurate predictions at a low-cost across different architectures. In this paper, we derive an affordable method approaching cross-platform performance translation based on relative performance between two platforms. We argue that relative performance can be observed without running a parallel application in full. We show that it suffices to observe very short partial executions of an application since most parallel codes are iterative and behave predictably manner after a minimal startup period. This novel prediction approach is observation-based. It does not require program modeling, code analysis, or architectural simulation. Our performance results using real platforms and production codes demonstrate that prediction derived from partial executions can yield high accuracy at a low cost. We also assess the limitations of our model and identify future research directions on observation-based performance prediction.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE 2005 Supercomputing Conference, SC'05|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2005|
|Event||ACM/IEEE 2005 Supercomputing Conference, SC'05 - Seatle, WA, United States|
Duration: 12 Nov 2005 → 18 Nov 2005
|Other||ACM/IEEE 2005 Supercomputing Conference, SC'05|
|Period||12/11/05 → 18/11/05|
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