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GenericIO is a write-optimized library for writing self-describing scientific data files on large-scale parallel file systems.


Habib, et al., HACC: Simulating Future Sky Surveys on State-of-the-Art Supercomputing Architectures, New Astronomy, 2015

Source Code

A source archive is available here: genericio-20160412.tar.gz (last release: genericio-20150608.tar.gz), or from git:

  git clone

Output file partitions (subfiles)

If you're running on an IBM BG/Q supercomputer, then the number of subfiles (partitions) chosen is based on the I/O nodes in an automatic way. Otherwise, by default, the GenericIO library picks the number of subfiles based on a fairly-naive hostname-based hashing scheme. This works reasonably-well on small clusters, but not on larger systems. On a larger system, you might want to set these environmental variables:


Where the number of partitions (256 above) determines the number of subfiles used. If you're using a Lustre file system, for example, an optimal number of files is:

# of files * stripe count ~ # OSTs

On Titan, for example, there are 1008 OSTs, and a default stripe count of 4, so we use approximately 256 files.