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Parallel Tools Platform Parallel Debugger. Greg Watson Project Leader. Design Considerations. Parallel applications range from 2 to 128K processes Combined mult-process and threaded model is possible Some debug operations are performed on All or a subset of processes Individual processes

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Parallel tools platform parallel debugger

Parallel Tools PlatformParallel Debugger

Greg Watson

Project Leader


Design considerations
Design Considerations

  • Parallel applications range from 2 to 128K processes

  • Combined mult-process and threaded model is possible

  • Some debug operations are performed on

    • All or a subset of processes

    • Individual processes

  • Processes are typically dependent on each other

  • Mixed language (e.g. C and Fortran) typical


Programming models
Programming Models

  • Message passing model

    • Distinct processes exchange data using messages

    • Explicit send/receive and collective operations

  • Shared memory model

    • Data structures are shared

    • Locking or atomic operations required

  • Currently targeting message passing, shared memory later


Debugging methodology
Debugging Methodology

  • Breakpoint across all processes to synchronize

    • In master/worker, breakpoint only workers

  • Step all processes until error

    • Stepping one process typically not possible due to dependencies

  • Examine snapshot of data across all (or subset) of processes

  • Compare data from one process to another


Architecture overview
Architecture Overview

  • Eclipse UI front end

    • Reuse Debug and CDI where possible

  • High level parallel debug API

    • Process sets used for efficiency

    • Asynchronous command/event model

    • Extension point to allow alternate backends

  • Backend (SDM)

    • Startup

    • Command broadcast

    • Event aggregation

    • MI only used for low level debug actions


Ui architecture
UI Architecture

Platform Debug UI

CDT Debug UI

PTP Debug UI

ICDI

IPCDI

IPDebugger

IPDebugEvent

Commands

Events


Debug api
Debug API

public interface IPDebugger {

publicvoid stepOver(BitList set, int count)

throws PCDIException;

...

}

publicinterface IPDebugEvent {

public BitList getSet();

...

}

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Sdm architecture
SDM Architecture

ParallelDebugger

Command Broadcast

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SDM Architecture

ParallelDebugger

Event Aggregation

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AIF

  • Architecture Independent Format for data

  • Independent of endianness, word size, character size

  • Fully represents data type and value

  • Can be used to represent complex data structures, such as linked lists

  • Supports all C, C++ and Fortran types

  • C and Java (partial) implementations

  • Library operations:

    • Conversion to/from native format

    • Logical and arithmetic

    • Formatting and display


User interface
User Interface

  • Parallel Debug View

    • Global view of processes and process sets

    • Tooltips for fast variable access

    • Regiser/unregister process to display in Debug View

  • Parallel Breakpoint

    • Global - applies to all processes regardless of job or job size

    • Set-based - applies to a set of processes for a particular job

    • Color used to distinguish current set

  • Current line markers

    • Multiple markers allowed

    • Different markers for registered/unregistered processes

    • Text highlighting colors


User interface cont
User Interface (cont…)

  • Variable View

    • Supports AIF data

    • Only fetches complex data types when variables are expanded

  • Array View

    • Prototype using custom widget

    • Allows 2-D view (slice) of multi-dimensional arrays

    • Likely to move to memory view



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