Abstract: Understanding program behavior is critical to overcome the expected architectural and programming complexities, such as limited power budgets, heterogeneity, hierarchical memories, shrinking I/O bandwidths, and performance variability, that arise on modern HPC platforms. To do so, HPC software developers need intuitive support tools for debugging, performance measurement, analysis, and tuning of large-scale HPC applications. Moreover, data collected from these tools such as hardware counters, communication traces, and network traffic can be far too large and too complex to be analyzed in a straightforward manner. We need new automatic analysis and visualization approaches to help application developers intuitively understand the multiple, interdependent effects that algorithmic choices have on application correctness or performance. The Workshop on Programming and Performance Visualization Tools (ProTools) intends to bring together HPC application developers, tool developers, and researchers from the visualization, performance, and program analysis fields for an exchange of new approaches to assist developers in analyzing, understanding, and optimizing programs for extreme-scale platforms.
Covering all aspects of HPC program and performance analysis - data collection, visualization, and tools - the ProTools workshop intends to attract a broad set of research communities, and facilitate better interactions between these communities. The Virtual Institute - High Productivity Supercomputing (VI-HPS) will provide support for the ProTools workshop. VI-HPS is an international initiative of HPC researchers and developers focused on programming and performance tools for parallel systems.