A Visual Analytics Framework for Reviewing Streaming Performance Data.
Understanding and tuning the performance of extreme-scale parallel computing systems demands a
streaming approach due to the computational cost of applying offline algorithms to vast amounts
of performance log data. Analyzing large streaming data is challenging because the rate of
receiving data and limited time to comprehend data make it difficult for the analysts to
sufficiently examine the data without missing important changes or patterns. To support streaming
data analysis, we introduce a visual analytic framework comprising of three modules: data
management, analysis, and interactive visualization. The data management module collects various
computing and communication performance metrics from the monitored system using streaming data
processing techniques and feeds the data to the other two modules. The analysis module automatically
identifies important changes and patterns at the required latency. In particular, we introduce a set
of online and progressive analysis methods for not only controlling the computational costs but also
helping analysts better follow the critical aspects of the analysis results. Finally, the interactive
visualization module provides the analysts with a coherent view of the changes and patterns in the
continuously captured performance data. Through a multi-faceted case study on performance analysis of
parallel discrete-event simulation, we demonstrate the effectiveness of our framework for identifying
bottlenecks and locating outliers.
System Demo (Sect. 5)
Suraj P. Kesavan, Takanori Fujiwara, Jianping Kelvin Li,
Caitlin Ross, Misbah Mubarak, Christopher D. Carothers, Robert B. Ross, and Kwan-Liu Ma.
"A Visual Analytics Framework for Reviewing Streaming Performance Data."
In Proceedings of IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis), forthcoming