Darshan: HPC I/O Characterization Tool

Darshan can be used to quickly investigate the I/O behavior of 
production applications.  This example shows a histogram of I/O access 
sizes used by a large-scale scientific application on the Intrepid 
system at Argonne National Laboratory.

Darshan can be used to quickly investigate the I/O behavior of production applications. This example shows a histogram of I/O access sizes used by a large-scale scientific application on the Intrepid system at Argonne National Laboratory.

Darshan is an HPC I/O characterization tool. It is designed to capture an accurate picture of application I/O behavior, including properties such as patterns of access within files, with minimum overhead.

Darshan can be used to investigate and tune the I/O behavior of complex HPC applications. In addition, Darshan's lightweight design makes it suitable for full time deployment for workload characterization of large systems. It is hoped that these studies will help the storage research community better serve the needs of scientific computing.