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README.md

selFIe

selFIe (SElf and Light proFIling Engine) is a tool to lightly profile Linux commands without compiling.

selFIe is a dynamic library which can be given to the LD_PRELOAD environment variable before the execution of the command.

$ LD_PRELOAD=selfie.so hostname
myhost

It doesn't affect the behaviour of the command and users don't see any changes at execution. At the end of the execution, it puts a line in system logs:

selfie[26058]: { "utime": 0.00, "stime": 0.01, "maxmem": 0.00, "posixio_time": 0.00, "posixio_count": 7569, "USER": "user", "wtime": 0.01, "command": "/bin/hostname" }

The log line is in JSON format for post-processing (like ELK for example).

selFIe can be compiled to profile other features:

  • MPI calls (Only C API)
  • PAPI hardware counters

Installation

Prerequisites

  • C and C++ compiler
  • libYAML
  • Python

selFIe has been tested on GNU/Linux only

Optional:

  • PAPI library

Compilation

$ ./configure --prefix=<path-to-install> --with-libyaml=<path-to-libyaml> --with-posixio 
$ make                                  
$ make install                          

To compile with MPI and PAPI profiling:

$ ./configure --prefix=<path-to-install> --with-libyaml=<path-to-libyaml> --with-posixio --with-mpi --with-mpiio --with-papi=<path-to-papi>
$ make                                  
$ make install                          

Profiling

To profile your code with selFIe, you only have to add selfie.so to the LD_PRELOAD environment variable.

$ export LD_PRELOAD=<path-to-install>/lib/selfie.so
$ hostname
myhost
$ mpirun -n 1 ./hello_world
Hello world!
$ grep selfie /var/log/syslog
selfie[26135]: { "utime": 0.01, "stime": 0.00, "maxmem": 0.00, "posixio_time": 0.00, "posixio_count": 7569, "papi_ipc": 0.50, "papi_mem_bw": 13.62, "mpi_time": 0.00, "mpi_count": 0, "mpiio_time": 0.00, "mpiio_count": 0, "USER": "user", "wtime": 0.01, "command": "/bin/hostname" }
selfie[26040]: { "utime": 0.02, "stime": 0.04, "maxmem": 0.01, "posixio_time": 0.04, "posixio_count": 8383, "papi_ipc": 0.93, "papi_mem_bw": 143.62, "mpi_time": 0.10, "mpi_count": 2, "mpi_version": 3.00, "mpi_libversion": "open mpi", "mpiio_time": 0.00, "mpiio_count": 0, "mpiio_version": 3.00, "mpiio_libversion": "open mpi", "USER": "user", "wtime": 0.10, "command": "./a.out" }

Configuration

The behaviour of selFIe can be configured in the file /etc/selfie.conf. The default configuration has the following settings:

env_vars:
- USER
- OMP_NUM_THREADS

time_limit: 5.0

exclude_commands:
- ^/bin/
- ^/sbin/
- ^/usr/libexec/
- ^/usr/bin/

This file is divided in three parts:

  • env_vars: this section lists the environment variables you want to log along the profiling.
  • time_limit: to avoid flooding system logs, selFIe can be configured to log only commands that lasts at least a time. By default, this time is 5 seconds.
  • exclude_commands: to avoid flooding system logs, selFIe can be configured to not log some commands. The section lists the commands that will not generate logs in log facility. You can specify a regular expression. By default, selFIe doesn't not log commands located in directories /bin, /sbin, /usr/libexec and /usr/bin.

By setting the environment variable SELFIE_CONFIGFILE, you can specify another configuration file for selFIe.

$ export SELFIE_CONFIGFILE=${HOME}/myselfie.conf

For profiling MPI codes, you should add the following environment variable to track the MPI rank of MPI processus depending which MPI library you use:

  • SLURM_PROCID when using SLURM for launching MPI jobs
  • OMPI_COMM_WORLD_RANK for OpenMPI
  • PMI_RANK for IntelMPI

Contributing

Authors

See the list of AUTHORS who participated in this project.

Contact

Laurent Nguyen - laurent.nguyen@cea.fr

Website

CEA-HPC

Architecture

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selFIe is based on two features:

  • selFIe can execute some code before and after main program
  • selFIe uses the LD_PRELOAD environment variable to hook POSIXIO or MPI calls

License

Copyright 2015-2017 CEA/DAM/DIF

selFIe is distributed under the CeCILL-C. See the included files
Licence_CeCILL-C_V1-en.txt (English version) and
Licence_CeCILL-C_V1-fr.txt (French version) or visit
http://www.cecill.info for details.

Acknowledgments