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Cluster Computing and the Grid, IEEE International Symposium on (2009)
Shanghai, China
May 18, 2009 to May 21, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3622-4
pp: 356-363
Unpredictable access to batch-mode HPC resources is a significant problem for emerging dynamic data-driven applications. Although efforts such as reservation or queue-time prediction have attempted to partially address this problem, the approaches strictly based on space-sharing impose fundamental limits on real-time predictability. In contrast, our earlier work investigated the use of feedback-controlled virtual machines (VMs), a time-sharing approach, to deliver predictable execution. However, our earlier work did not fully address usability and implementation efficiency. This paper presents an online, software-only version of feedback controlled VM, called self-tuning VM, which we argue is a practical approach for predictable HPC infrastructure. Our evaluation using five widely-used applications show our approach is both predictable and practical: by simply running time-dependent jobs with our tool, we meet a job’s deadline typically within 3% errors, and within 8% errors for the more challenging applications.
cluster, virtualization, scheduling, feedback control

M. Humphrey and S. Park, "Self-Tuning Virtual Machines for Predictable eScience," Cluster Computing and the Grid, IEEE International Symposium on(CCGRID), Shanghai, China, 2009, pp. 356-363.
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