December 2004
UNIX Update;Dec2004, Vol. 15 Issue 12, p3
Trade Publication
This article reports on the development of an open-source version of the SpeedShop performance analysis tool by Silicon Graphics in December 2004. The project is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in an effort to make more sophisticated open-source performance tools available to government laboratories, universities and other researchers. Cost-efficient Linux systems are becoming commonplace in the nation's research facilities, but the ecosystem of open-source tools and utilities has not matured as rapidly as the operating system itself, and this leaves researchers at a productivity disadvantage. With the development of an open-source version of the SpeedShop tool, researchers can begin relying on the same class of open-source parallel performance tools that they have used for years. This will ensure that researchers working on Linux systems--not just at the NNSA but throughout the nation and the world--can accelerate their research efforts by continuously optimizing application and system performance. Creating a Linux version of SpeedShop, named Open/SpeedShop, will make it easier for laboratory scientists and researchers to analyze the performance of applications and tasks while eliminating bottlenecks and bugs, maximizing overall application performance, and improving the quality of data and results.


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