Sustained System Performance (SSP) Test Job Execution
BC Project: FY10-04
The main purpose of this policy is to mitigate noticeable degradation of performance on participating High Performance Computing (HPC) systems after scheduled or unscheduled events.
All DSRCs are required to submit SSP test jobs for execution after specified outages on their allocated systems. The benchmarking team will be responsible for providing the DSRCs with the appropriate test job for each systemís architecture. If a particular SSP suite is not made available to any center, that center is not obligated to run the SSP test job. These SSP test jobs will be the same as those currently run by the benchmarking team on a quarterly basis.
SSP test jobs must be run after scheduled or unscheduled events; these include, but are not limited to the following events: OS upgrades, security patches, power outages, or other events at the discretion of the DSRC. Sites are encouraged, but not mandated, to run scripts to test the overall functionality of their systems before queues are released to the users.
After the system has been placed back into operation, SSP jobs should be submitted and designated DSRC personnel will monitor them to ensure their completion. Data generated from the SSP test jobs run after downtime will be made available to the benchmarking team, whose representative will review the results of the SSP test jobs and provide direction to the various sites when necessary.
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