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Open Source Architecture Code Analyzer

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OSACA

Open Source Architecture Code Analyzer

This tool allows automatic instruction fetching of assembly code, auto-generating of testcases for assembly instructions creating latency and throughput benchmarks on a specific instruction form and throughput analysis and throughput prediction for a innermost loop kernel.

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Getting started

Installation

On most systems with python pip and setuputils installed, just run:

pip install --user osaca

for the latest release.

To build OSACA from source, clone this repository using git clone https://github.com/RRZE-HPC/OSACA and run in the root directory:

python ./setup.py install

After installation, OSACA can be started with the command osaca in the CLI.

Dependencies:

Additional requirements are:

Design

A schematic design of OSACA’s workflow is shown below:

OSACA workflow

Usage

The usage of OSACA can be listed as:

osaca [-h] [-V] [--arch ARCH] [--tp-list] [-i | --iaca | -m] FILEPATH
  • -h or --help prints out the help message.
  • -V or --version shows the program’s version number.
  • ARCH needs to be replaced with the wished architecture abbreviation. This flag is necessary for the throughput analysis (default function) and the inclusion of an ibench output (-i). Possible options are SNB, IVB, HSW, BDW and SKL for the latest Intel micro architectures starting from Intel Sandy Bridge and ZEN for AMD Zen (17h family) architecture .
  • While in the throughput analysis mode, one can add --tp-list for printing the additional throughput list of the kernel or --iaca for letting OSACA to know it has to search for IACA binary markers.
  • -i or --include-ibench starts the integration of ibench output into the CSV data file determined by ARCH.
  • With the flag -m or --insert-marker OSACA calls the Kerncraft module for the interactively insertion of IACA marker in suggested assembly blocks.
  • FILEPATH describes the filepath to the file to work with and is always necessary

Hereinafter OSACA’s scope of function will be described.

Throughput analysis

As main functionality of OSACA this process starts by default. It is always necessary to specify the core architecture by the flag --arch ARCH, where ARCH can stand for SNB, IVB, HSW, BDW, SKL or ZEN.

For extracting the right kernel, one has to mark it beforehand. For this there are two different approaches:

High level code

The OSACA marker is //STARTLOOP and must be put in one line in front of the loop head, and the loop code must be indented consistently. This means the marker and the head must have the same indentation level while the whole loop body needs to be more indented than the code before and after. For instance, this is a valid OSACA marker:

int i = 0;
//STARTLOOP
while(i < N){
    // do something...
    i++;
}
Assembly code

Another way for marking a kernel is to insert the IACA byte markers in the assembly file in before and after the loop. For this, the start marker has to be inserted right in front of the loop label and the end marker directly after the jump instruction. Start and end marker can be seen in the example below:

movl    $111,%ebx       ;IACA START MARKER
.byte   100,103,144     ;IACA START MARKER
; LABEL
    ; do something
    ; ...
    ; conditional jump to LABEL
movl    $222,%ebx       ;IACA END MARKER
.byte   100,103,144     ;IACA END MARKER

The optional flag --iaca defines if OSACA needs to search for the IACA byte markers or the OSACA marker in the chosen file.

With an additional, optional --tp-list, OSACA adds a simple list of all kernel instruction forms together with their reciprocal throughput to the output. This is helpful in case of no further information about the port binding of the single instruction forms.

Include new measurements into the data file

Running OSACA with the flag -i or --include-ibench and a specified micro architecture ARCH, it takes the values given in an ibench output file and checks them for reasonability. If a value is not in the data file already, it will be added, otherwise OSACA prints out a warning message and keeps the old value in the data file. If a value does not pass the validation, a warning message is shown, however, OSACA will keep working with the new value. The handling of ibench is shortly described in the example section below.

Insert IACA markers

Using the -m or --insert-marker flags for a given file, OSACA calls the implemented Kerncraft module for identifying and marking the inner-loop block in manual mode. More information about how this is done can be found in the Kerncraft repository.

Example

For clarifying the functionality of OSACA a sample kernel is analyzed for an Intel IVB core hereafter:

double a[N], double b[N];
double s;

//STARTLOOP
for(int i = 0; i < N; ++i)
    a[i] = s * b[i];

The code shows a simple scalar multiplication of a vector b and a floating-point number s. The result is written in vector a. After including the OSACA marker //STARTLOOP and compiling the source, one can start the analysis typing

osaca --arch IVB PATH/TO/FILE

in the command line. Optionally, one can create the assembly code out of the file, identify and mark the kernel of interest and run OSACA with the additional --iaca flag.

The output is:

Throughput Analysis Report
--------------------------
X - No information for this instruction in database
* - Instruction micro-ops not bound to a port

Port Binding in Cycles Per Iteration:
-------------------------------------------------
|  Port  |   0  |   1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |   5  |
-------------------------------------------------
| Cycles | 2.33 | 1.33 | 5.0 | 5.0 | 2.0 | 1.33 |
-------------------------------------------------

         Ports Pressure in cycles
|  0   |  1   |  2   |  3   |  4   |  5   |
-------------------------------------------
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 | 1.00 |      | movl   $0x0,-0x24(%rbp)
|      |      |      |      |      |      | jmp    10b <scale+0x10b>
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x48(%rbp),%rax
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x24(%rbp),%edx
| 0.33 | 0.33 |      |      |      | 0.33 | movslq %edx,%rdx
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | vmovsd (%rax,%rdx,8),%xmm0
| 1.00 |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | vmulsd -0x50(%rbp),%xmm0,%xmm0
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x38(%rbp),%rax
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x24(%rbp),%edx
| 0.33 | 0.33 |      |      |      | 0.33 | movslq %edx,%rdx
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 | 1.00 |      | vmovsd %xmm0,(%rax,%rdx,8)
|      |      |      |      |      |      | X addl   $0x1,-0x24(%rbp)
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x24(%rbp),%eax
| 0.33 | 0.33 | 0.50 | 0.50 |      | 0.33 | cmp    -0x54(%rbp),%eax
|      |      |      |      |      |      | jl     e4 <scale+0xe4>
| 0.33 | 0.33 |      |      |      | 0.33 | mov    %rcx,%rsp
Total number of estimated throughput: 5.0

It shows the whole kernel together with the average port pressure of each instruction form and the overall port binding. In the fifth to last line containing addl $0x1, -0x24(%rbp) one can see an X in front of the instruction form and no port occupation. This means either there are no measured values for this instruction form or no port binding is provided in the data file. In the first case, OSACA automatically creates two benchmark assembly files (add-mem_imd.S for latency and add-mem_imd-TP.S for throughput) in the benchmark folder, if it not already exists there.

One can now run ibench to get the throughput value for addl with the given file. Mind that the assembly file, which is used for ibench, is implemented in Intel syntax. So for a valid run instruction addl must be changed to add manually.

For measuring the instruction forms with ibench we highly recommend to use an exclusively allocated node, so there is no other workload falsifying the results. For the correct function of ibench the benchmark files from OSACA need to be placed in a subdirectory of src in root so ibench can create the a folder with the subdirectory’s name and the shared objects. For running the tests the frequencies of all cores must set to a constant value and this has to be given as an argument together with the directory of the shared objects to ibench, e.g.:

./ibench ./AVX 2.2

for running ibench in the directory AVX with a core frequency of 2.2 GHz. We get an output like:

Using frequency 2.20GHz.
add-mem_imd-TP: 1.023 (clock cycles) [DEBUG - result: 1.000000]
add-mem_imd: 6.050 (clock cycles) [DEBUG - result: 1.000000]

The debug output as resulting value of register xmm0 is additional validation information depending on the executed instruction form meant for the user and is not considered by OSACA. The ibench output information can be included by OSACA running the program with the flag --include-ibench or just -i and the specify micro architecture:

osaca --arch IVB -i PATH/TO/IBENCH-OUTPUTFILE

For now no automatic allocation of ports for a instruction form is implemented, so for getting an output in the Ports Pressure table, one must add the port occupation by hand. We know that the inserted instruction form must be assigned always to Port 2, 3 and 4 and additionally to either 0, 1 or 5, a valid data file therefore would look like this:

addl-mem_imd,1.0,6.0,"(0.33,0.33,1.00,1.00,1.00,0.33)"

Another thorughput analysis with OSACA now returns all information for the kernel:

Throughput Analysis Report
--------------------------
X - No information for this instruction in database
* - Instruction micro-ops not bound to a port

Port Binding in Cycles Per Iteration:
-------------------------------------------------
|  Port  |   0  |   1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |   5  |
-------------------------------------------------
| Cycles | 2.67 | 1.67 | 6.0 | 6.0 | 3.0 | 1.67 |
-------------------------------------------------

         Ports Pressure in cycles
|  0   |  1   |  2   |  3   |  4   |  5   |
-------------------------------------------
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 | 1.00 |      | movl   $0x0,-0x24(%rbp)
|      |      |      |      |      |      | jmp    10b <scale+0x10b>
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x48(%rbp),%rax
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x24(%rbp),%edx
| 0.33 | 0.33 |      |      |      | 0.33 | movslq %edx,%rdx
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | vmovsd (%rax,%rdx,8),%xmm0
| 1.00 |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | vmulsd -0x50(%rbp),%xmm0,%xmm0
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x38(%rbp),%rax
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x24(%rbp),%edx
| 0.33 | 0.33 |      |      |      | 0.33 | movslq %edx,%rdx
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 | 1.00 |      | vmovsd %xmm0,(%rax,%rdx,8)
| 0.33 | 0.33 | 1.00 | 1.00 | 1.00 | 0.33 | addl   $0x1,-0x24(%rbp)
|      |      | 0.50 | 0.50 |      |      | mov    -0x24(%rbp),%eax
| 0.33 | 0.33 | 0.50 | 0.50 |      | 0.33 | cmp    -0x54(%rbp),%eax
|      |      |      |      |      |      | jl     e4 <scale+0xe4>
| 0.33 | 0.33 |      |      |      | 0.33 | mov    %rcx,%rsp
Total number of estimated throughput: 6.0

Credits

Implementation: Jan Laukemann

License

AGPL-3.0

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