SC20 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Visualizing Usage on HPC Systems

Authors: Andrew Solis, Gregory Foss, Matias Frogoso, and Paul Navrátil (Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC))

Abstract: VisQueue is an interactive dashboard with dynamic graphics plotting and viewer interactivity that visualizes the operation of high performance computing (HPC) systems at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. While there are options available for analyzing HPC resources, VisQueue's goal was to focus on system utilization correlated to different research domains. It works with both mouse-driven and touch interfaces and was designed to create a straight-forward easy reading of pertinent data for HPC designers, maintenance teams and users and the general public to understand the impact and importance of these impressive resources. The application has proved to be a valuable outreach tool, particularly interesting for those with a keen interest in technology, but not the background to answer the question: "What is this huge, awesomely fast and extremely expensive computer actually doing right now and specifically, what's it good for?"

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