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Opportunities for Cost Savings with In-Transit Visualization...

Publication Type
Conference Paper
Journal Name
LNCS Transactions on Computational Science
Book Title
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Publication Date
Page Numbers
146 to 165
Conference Name
ISC High Performance
Conference Location
Frankfurt, Germany
Conference Sponsor
ISC Group
Conference Date

We analyze the opportunities for in-transit visualization to provide cost savings compared to in-line visualization. We begin by developing a cost model that includes factors related to both in-line and in-transit which allows comparisons to be made between the two methods. We then run a series of studies to create a corpus of data for our model. We run two different visualization algorithms, one that is computation heavy and one that is communication heavy with concurrencies up to 32, 768 cores. Our primary results are in exploring the cost model within the context of our corpus. Our findings show that in-transit consistently achieves significant cost efficiencies by running visualization algorithms at lower concurrency, and that in many cases these efficiencies are enough to offset other costs (transfer, blocking, and additional nodes) to be cost effective overall. Finally, this work informs future studies, which can focus on choosing ideal configurations for in-transit processing that can consistently achieve cost efficiencies.