Date of Award

December 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Computing

Committee Member

Jon C. Calhoun

Committee Member

Franck Cappello

Committee Member

Rong Ge

Committee Member

Jacob Sorber


Compression is commonly used in HPC applications to move and store data. Traditional lossless compression, however, does not provide adequate compression of floating point data often found in scientific codes. Recently, researchers and scientists have turned to lossy compression techniques that approximate the original data rather than reproduce it in order to achieve desired levels of compression. Typical lossy compressors do not bound the errors introduced into the data, leading to the development of error bounded lossy compressors (EBLC). These tools provide the desired levels of compression as mathematical guarantees on the errors introduced. However, the current state of EBLC leaves much to be desired. The existing EBLC all have different interfaces requiring codes to be changed to adopt new techniques; EBLC have many more configuration options than their predecessors, making them more difficult to use; and EBLC typically bound quantities like point wise errors rather than higher level metrics such as spectra, p-values, or test statistics that scientists typically use. My dissertation aims to provide a uniform interface to compression and to develop tools to allow application scientists to understand and apply EBLC. This dissertation proposal presents three groups of work: LibPressio, a standard interface for compression and analysis; FRaZ/LibPressio-Opt frameworks for the automated configuration of compressors using LibPressio; and work on tools for analyzing errors in particular domains.



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