Parallel-IO in Practice
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TimeSunday, November 11th8:30am - 5pm
DescriptionI/O on HPC systems is a black art. This tutorial sheds light on the state-of-the-art in parallel I/O and provides the knowledge necessary for attendees to best leverage I/O resources available to them. We cover the entire I/O software stack including storage and parallel file systems at the lowest layer, the role of burst buffers (NVRAM), intermediate layers (such as MPI-IO), and high-level I/O libraries (such as HDF-5). We emphasize ways to use these interfaces that result in high performance and tools for generating insight into these stacks. Benchmarks on real systems are used throughout to show real-world results.

In the first third of the tutorial we cover the fundamentals of parallel I/O. We discuss storage technologies, both present and near-future. Our parallel file systems material covers general concepts and gives examples from Lustre, GPFS, PanFS, HDFS, Ceph, and Cloud Storage.

Our second third takes a more application-oriented focus. We examine the upper library layers of the I/O stack, covering MPI-IO, Parallel netCDF, and HDF5. We discuss interface features, show code examples, and describe how application calls translate into PFS operations.

Finally, we discuss tools for capturing and understanding I/O behavior.
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