Tool Support for Inspecting the Code Quality of HPC Applications

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The nature of HPC application development encourages ad hoc design and implementation, rather than formal requirements analysis and design specification as is typical in software engineering. However, we cannot simply expect HPC developers to adopt formal software engineering processes wholesale, even while there is a need to improve software structure and quality to ensure future maintainability. Therefore, we propose tools that HPC developers can use at their discretion to obtain feedback on the structure and quality of their codes. This feedback would come in the form of code quality metrics and analyses, presented when necessary in intuitive and interactive visualizations. ... continued below

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Panas, T; Quinlan, D & Vuduc, R March 16, 2007.

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The nature of HPC application development encourages ad hoc design and implementation, rather than formal requirements analysis and design specification as is typical in software engineering. However, we cannot simply expect HPC developers to adopt formal software engineering processes wholesale, even while there is a need to improve software structure and quality to ensure future maintainability. Therefore, we propose tools that HPC developers can use at their discretion to obtain feedback on the structure and quality of their codes. This feedback would come in the form of code quality metrics and analyses, presented when necessary in intuitive and interactive visualizations. This paper summarizes our implementation of just such a tool, which we apply to a standard HPC benchmark as ''proof-of-concept.''

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  • Presented at: Int'l Conf. on Software Engineering (ICSE), Workshop on Software Engineering for High-Performance Computing (SE-HPC), Minneapolis, MN, United States, May 20 - May 26, 2007

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Panas, T; Quinlan, D & Vuduc, R. Tool Support for Inspecting the Code Quality of HPC Applications, article, March 16, 2007; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc887351/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.