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Monitoring energy consumption with SIOX

Autonomous monitoring triggered by abnormal energy consumption

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In the face of the growing complexity of HPC systems, their growing energy costs, and the increasing difficulty to run applications efficiently, a number of monitoring tools have been developed during the last years. SIOX  is one such endeavor, with a uniquely holistic approach: Not only does it aim to record a certain kind of data, but to make all relevant data available for analysis and optimization. Among other sources, this encompasses data from hardware energy counters and trace data from different hardware/software layers. However, not all data that can be recorded should be recorded. As such, SIOX  needs good heuristics to determine when and what data needs to be collected, and the energy consumption can provide an important signal about when the system is in a state that deserves closer attention. In this paper, we show that SIOX  can use Likwid to collect and report the energy consumption of applications, and present how this data can be visualized using SIOX’s web-interface. Furthermore, we outline how SIOX  can use this information to intelligently adjust the amount of data it collects, allowing it to reduce the monitoring overhead while still providing complete information about critical situations.

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We want to express our gratitude to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as responsible project agency and to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the financial support under grant 01IH11008 A-C.

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Kunkel, J.M., Aguilera, A., Hübbe, N. et al. Monitoring energy consumption with SIOX. Comput Sci Res Dev 30, 125–133 (2015).

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