User Environment Tracking and Problem Detection with XALT
Authors: Kapil Agrawal (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Gregory Peterson (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Mark Fahey (Argonne National Laboratory), Robert McLay (The University of Texas at Austin), Reuben Budiardja (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Abstract: This work enhances our understanding of individual users’ software needs, then leverages that understanding to help stakeholders conduct business in a more efficient, effective and systematic manner. XALT is designed to track linkage and execution information for applications that are compiled and executed on any Linux cluster, workstation, or high-end supercomputers. XALT allows administrators and other support staff to consider demand when prioritizing what to install, support and maintain. Datasets, dashboards, and historical reports generated by XALT and the systems with which it interoperates will preserve institutional knowledge and lessons learned so that users, developers, and support staff need not reinvent the wheel when issues arise that have already been encountered.
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