Scalable parallel debugging with statistical assertions

Minh Ngoc Dinh, Abramson, David, Jin, Chao, Gontarek, Andrew, Moench, Bob and DeRose, Luiz (2012) Scalable parallel debugging with statistical assertions. ACM SIGPLAN Notices, 47 8: 311-312. doi:10.1145/2370036.2145870

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Author Minh Ngoc Dinh
Abramson, David
Jin, Chao
Gontarek, Andrew
Moench, Bob
DeRose, Luiz
Title Scalable parallel debugging with statistical assertions
Journal name ACM SIGPLAN Notices
ISSN 0362-1340
Publication date 2012-08-01
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1145/2370036.2145870
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 47
Issue 8
Start page 311
End page 312
Total pages 2
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Language eng
Abstract Traditional debuggers are of limited value for modern scientific codes that manipulate large complex data structures. This paper discusses a novel debug-time assertion, called a "Statistical Assertion", that allows a user to reason about large data structures, and the primitives are parallelised to provide an efficient solution. We present the design and implementation of statistical assertions, and illustrate the debugging technique with a molecular dynamics simulation. We evaluate the performance of the tool on a 12,000 cores Cray XE6.
Keyword Parallel debugging
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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