Virtual Institute — High Productivity Supercomputing


Paraver is a very flexible data browser part of the CEPBA-Tools toolkit. In Paraver the metrics are not hardwired on the tool but programmed. To compute them, the tool offers a large set of time functions, a filter module, and a mechanism to combine two timelines. This approach allows displaying a huge number of metrics with the available data. The analysis display allows to compute statistics over any timeline and selected region allowing to correlate the information up to 3 different time functions. To capture the expert's knowledge, any view or set of views can be saved as a Paraver configuration file. After that, re-computing the view with new data is as simple as loading the saved file. The tool has been demonstrated to be very useful for performance analysis studies, giving much more details about the applications behaviour than most performance tools.

Programming models

Paraver is not tied to any programming model as long as the model used can be mapped in the three levels of parallelism expressed in the Paraver trace. An example of a two-level parallelism would be hybrid MPI + OpenMP applications. The runtime measurement system Extrae that generates Paraver traces currently supports the programming interfaces MPI, OpenMP, pthreads, OmpSs and CUDA.


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