Engineer F/M: Benchmarking of applications'I/O behavior and storage systems (performance and energy consumption)

April 30, 2023
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2023-05769 - Engineer F/M: Benchmarking of applications'I/O behavior and storage systems (performance and energy consumption)

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent

Fonction : Temporary scientific engineer

Level of experience : From 3 to 5 years

About the research centre or Inria department

The goal of the TADaaM project is to design and build a stateful system-wide service layer for HPC systems. This layer will be twofold. First, it will abstract low-level features of the system (e.g. topology, network, resource usage) and of the software stack (e.g. threads, data, runtime system). Second, applications will be able to register their needs and behaviors thanks to a carefully designed API. With these two sets of information, the layer will optimize the execution of all the running applications in a coordinated fashion and at system-scale.


Within the framework of a Numpex project called Exadost, in collaboration with Inria Rennes, La Maison de la Simulation, the CEA-DAM, and DDN.

This project aims at building the I/O infrastructure of next-generation HPC machines.



The recruited person will be responsible for characterizing the I/O behavior of applications that have been chosen as representative of the French HPC workload. This characterization will be done by using profiling tools such as Darshan and Tau, tracing tools such as Recorder, and by inspecting the source code of the applications. We are interested in developping I/O kernels, which are codes that mimic the I/O activities (accesses to persistent data) of the applications and can be used to more easily evaluate them on different platforms.

In addition to that, the person will be responsible for performing experiments on different I/O infrastructures to characterize their behavior and how they are affected by different characteristics of the accesses. For that, existing benchmarks such as IOR and mdtest will be used at first, but new benchmarks may need to be developed.

The selection of benchmarks and access pattern will involve the study of research papers.

Finally, the expected results are a suite of benchmarks that can be easily applied to new platforms, the I/O kernels, a database of obtained results, and a report.

For a better knowledge of the proposed research subject:

Examples of similar work conducted in the same research team:

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Main activities

Main activities:

  • Studying papers about workload of real large HPC machines and imposed by known classes of applications (for example, machine learning);
  • Running applications and benchmarks on HPC systems using scripts, treating and plotting results;
  • Studying large HPC applications (usually written in C/C++ or Fortran) to understand their I/O behavior;
  • Development of I/O kernels and benchmarks in C/C++ using MPI-IO;
  • Statistical analysis of results and modeling (Python or R).
  • Additional activities:

  • Writing reports and research papers (Latex)
  • Skills

    Technical skills and level required:

  • C/C++;
  • Fortran not really required but should be capable of reading and understanding Fortran code;
  • Scripting (Bash, Python,etc);
  • using an HPC infrastructure: slurm, ssh, etc;
  • experience in research, especially in HPC, would be a plus.


  • English mandatory, French appreciated.
  • Benefits package
  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Possibility of teleworking and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Social security coverage
  • Remuneration

    2724€ / month (before taxs)

    General Information
  • Theme/Domain : Distributed and High Performance Computing System & Networks (BAP E)

  • Town/city : Talence

  • Inria Center : Centre Inria de l'université de Bordeaux
  • Starting date : 2023-06-01
  • Duration of contract : 2 years
  • Deadline to apply : 2023-04-30
  • Contacts
  • Inria Team : TADAAM
  • Recruiter : Zanon-boito Francieli / [email protected]
  • The keys to success

    The ideal candidate:

  • Is not afraid of low-level programming and of investigating large application source codes;
  • Can learn whatever new skills become necessary for working on the project;
  • Has an interest in research, even if not necessarily intending to follow a carreer in it;
  • Is motivated to work in a team with people from different genders and nationalities.
  • About Inria

    Inria is the French national research institute dedicated to digital science and technology. It employs 2,600 people. Its 200 agile project teams, generally run jointly with academic partners, include more than 3,500 scientists and engineers working to meet the challenges of digital technology, often at the interface with other disciplines. The Institute also employs numerous talents in over forty different professions. 900 research support staff contribute to the preparation and development of scientific and entrepreneurial projects that have a worldwide impact.

    Instruction to apply

    Please provide the following documents:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • MASTER degree
  • Letter(s) of recommendation if you have any
  • Any other document you consider useful for your application
  • Defence Security : This position is likely to be situated in a restricted area (ZRR), as defined in Decree No. 2011-1425 relating to the protection of national scientific and technical potential (PPST).Authorisation to enter an area is granted by the director of the unit, following a favourable Ministerial decision, as defined in the decree of 3 July 2012 relating to the PPST. An unfavourable Ministerial decision in respect of a position situated in a ZRR would result in the cancellation of the appointment.

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