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Visualizing the Performance of Parallel Programs
September/October 1991 (vol. 8 no. 5)
pp. 29-39

ParaGraph, a software tool that provides a detailed, dynamic, graphical animation of the behavior of message-passing parallel programs and graphical summaries of their performance, is presented. ParaGraph animates trace information from actual runs to depict behavior and obtain the performance summaries. It provides twenty-five perspectives on the same data, lending insight that might otherwise be missed. ParaGraph's features are described, its use is explained, its software design is briefly discussed, and its displays are examined in some detail. Future work on ParaGraph is indicated.

Index Terms:
performance visualization; dynamic animation; ParaGraph; software tool; graphical animation; message-passing parallel programs; graphical summaries; trace information; performance summaries; software design; computer animation; parallel programming; performance evaluation; program testing; software tools
Citation:
Michael T. Heath, Jennifer A. Etheridge, "Visualizing the Performance of Parallel Programs," IEEE Software, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 29-39, Sept.-Oct. 1991, doi:10.1109/52.84214
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