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2017 IEEE 42nd Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) (2017)
Singapore, Singapore
Oct. 9, 2017 to Oct. 12, 2017
ISSN: 0742-1303
ISBN: 978-1-5090-6523-3
pp: 514-517
An important challenge of modern data centres running Hadoop workloads is to minimise energy consumption, a significant proportion of which is due to the network. Significant network savings are already possible using Energy Efficient Ethernet, supported by a large number of NICs and switches, but recent work has demonstrated that the packet coalescing settings must be carefully configured to avoid a substantial loss in performance. Meanwhile, Hadoop is evolving from its original batch concept to become a more iterative type of framework. Other recent work attempts to reduce Hadoop's network latency using Explicit Congestion Notifications. Linking these studies reveals that, surprisingly, even when packet coalescing does not hurt performance, it can degrade network latency much more than previously thought. This paper is the first to analyze the impact of packet coalescing in the context of network latency. We investigate how to design and configure interconnects to provide the maximum energy savings without degrading cluster throughput performance or network latency.
computer centres, energy conservation, energy consumption, parallel processing, power aware computing

R. F. Silva and P. M. Carpenter, "Interconnect Energy Savings and Lower Latency Networks in Hadoop Clusters: The Missing Link," 2017 IEEE 42nd Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Singapore, Singapore, 2018, pp. 514-517.
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