SLA-aware interactive workflow assistant for HPC parameter sweeping experiments
A common workflow in science and engineering is to (i) setup and deploy large experiments with tasks comprising an application and multiple parameter values; (ii) generate intermediate results; (iii) analyze them; and (iv) reprioritize the tasks. These steps are repeated until the desired goal is achieved, which can be the evaluation/simulation of complex systems or model calibration. Due to time and cost constraints, sweeping all possible parameter values of the user application is not always feasible. Experimental Design techniques can help users reorganize submission-executionanalysis workflows to bring a solution in a more timely manner. This paper introduces a novel tool that leverages users' feedback on analyzing intermediate results of parameter sweeping experiments to advise them about their strategies on parameter selections tied to their SLA constraints. We evaluated our tool with three applications of distinct domains and search space shapes. Our main finding is that users with submission-execution-analysis workflows can benefit from their interaction with intermediate results and adapt themselves according to their domain expertise and SLA constraints.