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Data analysis processes in scientific applications can be expressed as coarse-grain workflows of complex data processing operations with data flow dependencies between them. Performance optimization of these workflows can be viewed as a search for a set of optimal values in a multidimensional parameter space consisting of input performance parameters to the applications that are known to affect their execution times. While some performance parameters such as grouping of workflow components and their mapping to machines do not affect the accuracy of the analysis, others may dictate trading the output quality of individual components (and of the whole workflow) for performance.
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