[hpc-announce] Call for Papers: Performance Monitoring and Analysis of Cluster Systems (PMACS) Workshop @ Euro-Par 2020

Thomas Gruber Thomas.Gruber at fau.de
Mon Mar 2 08:29:17 CST 2020


         PMACS - Performance Monitoring and Analysis of Cluster Systems

                   workshop in conjunction with Euro-Par 2020

                      Warsaw, Poland, August 24/25 2020



The workshop will take place in conjunction with the Euro-Par conference
(http://www.europar.org/) in Warsaw, Poland, from August 24 to August 
28, 2020.

About this workshop
For a long time, hardware performance monitoring was used on a small 
scale to
measure and analyze data of single application runs in order to detect
performance limitations caused by hardware and/or software. Monitoring 
the whole
cluster system for observing hardware failures has been the duty of system
administrators with emphasis on operating the system and changes in the 
parameters. In recent years, many HPC providers have extended or 
replaced their
monitoring system to additionally track performance data from hardware
monitoring facilities and even from the applications. The analysis of 
the data
provides deeper insight in resource utilization and the quality of 
software. In
addition, system administrators use performance data to track the causes of
system instabilities to specific user codes. Due to the diversity of HPC
centers, many tailored solutions for collection, storage, evaluation and
visualization exist today. The workshop wants to bring together 
developers and
users of such infrastructure in order to find ways of
collaboration and exchange ideas for further developments.

Call for papers
Performance monitoring and analysis are widely used in data center 
Depending on particular area of operation it includes tracking activities at
hard- and/or software level. HPC centers use system monitoring for ensuring
system stability and avoiding resource contention. In recent years, many 
have enhanced their monitoring infrastructure to gather more detailed 
data from
all entities in the system including background services and even user
applications. The inherent challenges are diverse: Hardware and software
parameters need to be collected with low overhead at all nodes. Gathered 
need to be transferred to data storage without causing congestion and 
on the network. The whole or just excerpts of the data need to be 
visualized for
further understanding. Furthermore, results of interest and management 
might be derived through data analytics.

Paper contributions for this workshop should address at least one of the
following topics:

- Data collection on all entities of a cluster system (compute nodes, 
   nodes, infrastructure nodes as well as network components)
- Efficient transferring of the gathered metrics to intermediate systems
   (storage, direct visualization, etc.)
- Storage of metrics for later use (databases, data management systems, 
- Visualization of system monitoring metrics
- Derived results and event triggering based on data analytics (machine
   learning, stream analysis, statistics, event management systems, etc.)

The page limit is 12 pages, including all references and appendices, and the
formatting must follow the LNCS guidelines. Please note that papers with 
than 10 pages will not be published in the workshop proceedings according to
ruling of the Euro-Par workshop organization. At least one author of each
accepted paper must present the paper at the workshop (25m talk and 5m for

There will be a blind review process for each submitted paper with at least
three reviewers from the programme committee. The review process will use
EasyChair for organization. See webpage for link to EasyChair.

Workshop dates
- Papers submission deadline: May 8, 2020
- Author notification: June 30, 2020
- Registration of at least one author per paper: July 15, 2020
- Workshop dates: August 24-25, 2020
- Camera-ready paper (including LaTeX sources) deadline: September 11, 2020

Workshop chairs
- Thomas Gruber, Erlangen Regional Computing Center,
   Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
- Anthony Danalis, Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee,
   Knoxville, USA

Programme committee

- Ann Gentile (Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, New 
Mexico, USA)
- Michael Klemm (Intel, Germany)
- Sameer Shende (Univesity of Oregon, Oregon, USA)
- Julian Kunkel (University of Reading, Great Britain)
- Heike Jagode (University of Tennessee, Tennessee, USA)
- Zhang Yang (Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics,
   Beijing, China)
- Josef Weidendorfer (Technische Universität München, Leibniz 
Rechenzentrum der
   Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Garching, Germany)
- Robert Dietrich (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
- Jack Deslippe (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, 
   California, USA)
- Jonas Hahnfeld (ITC, RWTH Aachen, Germany)
- Erich Focht (NEC, Germany)
- Axel Auweter (Megware, Germany)
- Stephane Eranian (Google LLC, USA)
- Dmitry Nikitenko (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)

M.Sc. Thomas Gruber, HPC Services
Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
Regionales RechenZentrum Erlangen (RRZE)
Martensstrasse 1, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Tel. +49 9131 85-28911
mailto:thomas.gruber at fau.de
mailto:thomas.roehl at fau.de

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