Toward reliable validation of HPC network simulation models

Misbah Mubarak, Nikhil Jain, Jens Domke, Noah Wolfe, Caitlin Ross, Kelvin Li, Abhinav Bhatele, Christopher D. Carothers, Kwan-Liu Ma, Robert B. Ross

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While the high performance computing (HPC) community is relying on simulations increasingly to co-design and optimize HPC interconnects, the simulation community lacks a coherent set of practices to be followed when validating the simulators and network models. Validation of HPC network simulation models is a multi-step process starting with the selection of representative communication patterns, configuring the network model, followed by designing the set of experiments, and finally, documenting the outcome for reproducibility. In this paper, we present a set of recommended practices for each of these steps in the validation process. If the recommendations are followed, the end result should be a validated network model that can make reasonably accurate predictions and convince the community about the correctness of the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
EditorsVictor Chan
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781538634288
StatePublished - Jan 4 2018
Event2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Dec 3 2017Dec 6 2017


Other2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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