Parallelware Tools: An Experimental Evaluation on POWER Systems
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Static code analysis tools are designed to aid software developers to build better quality software in less time, by detecting defects early in the software development life cycle. Even the most experienced developer regularly introduces coding defects. Identifying, mitigating and resolving defects is an essential part of the software development process, but frequently defects can go undetected. One defect can lead to a minor malfunction or cause serious security and safety issues. This is magnified in the development of the complex parallel software required to exploit modern heterogeneous multicore hardware. Thus, there is an urgent need for new static code analysis tools to help in building better concurrent and parallel software. The paper reports preliminary results about the use of Appentra’s Parallelware technology to address this problem from the following three perspectives: finding concurrency issues in the code, discovering new opportunities for parallelization in the code, and generating parallel-equivalent codes that enable tasks to run faster. The paper also presents experimental results using well-known scientific codes and POWER systems.
KeywordsStatic code analysis Quality assurance and testing Detection of software defects Concurrency and parallelism Parallelware tools OpenMP Tasking POWER systems
This work has been partly funded from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (TIN2015-65316-P), the Departament d’Innovació, Universitats i Empresa de la Generalitat de Catalunya (MPEXPAR: Models de Programació i Entorns d’Execució Parallels, 2014-SGR-1051), and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program through grant agreements MAESTRO (801101) and EPEEC (801051). The authors gratefully acknowledge the access to the Juron system at Jülich Supercomputing Centre.
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