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AutoTune Demonstration Center

BADW-LRZ together with TUM and the other partners established (Start April 1st, 2015) an AutoTune Demonstration Center (ADC) aimed at bringing together users, developers, vendors, and supercomputing experts.

As a joint community effort, the Center initially consists of all current partners of the AutoTune project, but the organization of the ADC will be open to affiliate also other partners with suitable HPC experience and working activities.

The objectives for the Center are:

  • To further spread the use of the AutoTune software in the academic as well as commercial HPC user community by dissemination and demonstration of the advantages in the efficient usage of HPC computing resources, accessible through the AutoTune software framework
  • To further exploit the capabilities of energy saving and power steering for selected user applications
  • To disseminate best practice guides for the use of the AutoTune tools and to provide user training
  • To provide developers and vendors a platform to test and validate further improvements of the AutoTune tools
  • To become a platform for exchange of information and experience
  • To further extend the Periscope Tuning Framework (PTF) developer community

The following Figure 1 depicts the various components of the ADC. Centreed around the PTF the AutoTune consortium have the hardware, software, compilers and licenses for these products, which are provided by BADW-LRZ and optionally by NUI GALWAY. With these resources, the partners perform their activities and deliver services to their users or customers.

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Figure 1: Components of the AutoTune Demonstration Center

Coordination:

The ADC is coordinated by BADW-LRZ in close cooperation with TUM. TUM is responsible for providing a stable version of the PTF. BADW-LRZ is responsible for managing access and the additional software and licenses. Contact persons of the partners (local coordinators for the work at ADC) are: 

  • TUM – Prof. Michael Gerndt 
  • Viena – Enes Bajrovic 
  • ICHEC – Dr. Michael Lysaght  
  • UAB – Prof. Eduardo Cesar 
  • LRZ – Dr. Matthias Brehm 

Organization:

The ADC is organized as a community effort with a lean governance. The structure and activities of the Center are outlined in Figure 2. The ADC is coordinated by BADW-LRZ in close cooperation with TUM. TUM is responsible for providing a stable version of the Periscope Tuning Framework. BADW-LRZ is responsible for managing access and the additional software and licenses. Contact persons of the partners are responsible for the individual exploitation aspects and organize the internal and external activities of the Center. Partners will meet twice a year to discuss the operation and direction of the ADC.

ADC Structure

Figure 2: Structure and activities of the AutoTune Demonstration Center 

Services:

The AutoTune Demonstration Center will offer the following services:

  • Online documentation, best practice guides
  • Discussion forums
  • AutoTune training events for academic and commercial HPC users
  • Individual support for specific applications, including code analysis and code tuning
  • Education and training of bachelor and master students
  • AutoTune web site as a central hub for presentation of AutoTune project results and activities of the ADC
  • Service Desk and Issue Tracking

Resources and assets:

The hardware and software resources, which will available through the ADC, are:

  • Access to leading HPC system for the partners (e.g. SuperMUC)
  • Access to novel accelerator technology like Intel Xeon Phi, NVIDIA GPUs and large-scale shared memory
  • Access to broad range of tools, compilers, debuggers, scientific libraries and applications
  • Ready-to-use and continuously maintained installation of PTF.

Further assets provided by the partners are:

  • Expertise in tuning analysis tools, connection with education  (students and teachers) and research in academic sector
  • From UAB, UNIVIE: Expertise in new upcoming computation methods and algorithms
  • From NUI GALWAY (via ICHEC): additional hardware resources and associated software, tailored training courses to commercial customers at market rates (ICHEC currently carries out 2 to 4 such courses per annum in other areas of HPC)

Other important assets of the ADC, which are brought in by BADW-LRZ and NUI GALWAY, are the broad national and international user base, the well-established communication channels (mailing list, ticket system, user meetings), the links with the European HPC community through PRACE, EGI etc., and the involvement in the PRACE Advance Training Centres program.


The following additions to AutoTune website regarding the ADC are already active: 

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