Open XDMoD

Open XDMoD is an open source tool to facilitate the management of high performance computing resources. It is widely deployed at academic, industrial and governmental HPC centers. Open XDMoD’s management capabilities include monitoring standard metrics such as utilization, providing quality of service metrics designed to proactively identify underperforming system hardware and software, and reporting job level performance data for every job running on the HPC system without the need to recompile applications. Open XDMoD is designed to meet the following objectives: (1) provide the user community with a tool to more effectively and efficiently use their allocations and optimize their use of HPC resources, (2) provide operational staff with the ability to monitor, diagnose, and tune system performance as well as measure the performance of all applications running on their system, (3) provide software developers with the ability to easily obtain detailed analysis of application performance to aid in optimizing code performance, (4) provide stakeholders with a diagnostic tool to facilitate HPC planning and analysis, and (5) provide metrics to help measure scientific impact. In addition, analyses of the operational characteristics of the HPC environment can be carried out at different levels of granularity, including job, user, or on a system-wide basis.

The Open XDMoD portal provides a rich set of features accessible through an intuitive graphical interface, which is tailored to the role of the user. Metrics provided include: number of jobs, CPU hours consumed, wait time, and wall time, with minimum, maximum and the average of these metrics, in addition to many others. Metrics are organized by a customizable hierarchy appropriate for your organization.

A version of Open XDMoD, namely XDMoD, was developed to monitor the NSF supported portfolio of supercomputers that fall under the XSEDE program.

This work was sponsored by NSF under grant numbers ACI 1025159 and ACI 1445806.

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Referencing XDMoD

When referencing XDMoD, please cite the following publication:

Jeffrey T. Palmer, Steven M. Gallo, Thomas R. Furlani, Matthew D. Jones, Robert L. DeLeon, Joseph P. White, Nikolay Simakov, Abani K. Patra, Jeanette Sperhac, Thomas Yearke, Ryan Rathsam, Martins Innus, Cynthia D. Cornelius, James C. Browne, William L. Barth, Richard T. Evans, “Open XDMoD: A Tool for the Comprehensive Management of High-Performance Computing Resources”, Computing in Science & Engineering, Vol 17, Issue 4, 2015, pp. 52-62. 10.1109/MCSE.2015.68


Open XDMoD is an open source project released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (“LGPL”) Version 3.0.

While Open XDMoD is released under the LGPL, it is bundled with some 3rd party software libraries that are not free for commercial use. See License Notices for more information on 3rd party software bundled with Open XDMoD.

Specifically, Open XDMoD is bundled with Highcharts, released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license. For more information regarding Highcharts licensing, please refer to their Non Commercial Licensing FAQ.