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Scalasca

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General Description

Scalasca is a software tool that supports the performance optimization of parallel programs by measuring and analyzing their runtime behavior. The analysis identifies potential performance bottlenecks – in particular those concerning communication and synchronization – and offers guidance in exploring their causes.

Basic Usage

Scalasca can be loaded using the following module:

module load scalasca

Instrumenting Code

To instrument your code prefix your compilation line with scalasca -instrument e.g.

scalasca -instrument mpif90 -o foo foo.f90

Running Instrumented Code

Execute your instrumented code by prefixing your launch command with scalasca -analyze e.g.

scalasca -analyze mpiexec -n $NSLOTS ./foo

Note: Your profile may fail to be generated because the ESD_BUFFER_SIZE variable needs to be increased. Please check the end of the run for any warning messages like the following:

ESD_BUFFER_SIZE needs to be at least X bytes

Generating Profile Report

After execution an 'epik' profile directory will be created. To view your profile with the Cube3 GUI tool, use the following command:

scalasca -examine ./epik_foo

To generate a text report within the epik directory (called epik.score) use the following command:

scalasca -examine -s ./epik_foo

Additional Options

Further Information

See the official website: Scalasca Webpage

The User Guide, v.1.3.3, may be found here