Parallel Computing in Electrical Engineering, 2004. International Conference on (2006)
Sept. 13, 2006 to Sept. 17, 2006
Christian Kauhaus , Friedrich-Schiller-Universit?t Jena, Germany
Dietmar Fey , Friedrich-Schiller-Universit?t Jena, Germany
At our university, we have a number of small-tomedium- size compute clusters and some technical simulations which could benefit from using several of these clusters simulaneously. To reach this goal, we discuss the formation of a "Mini-Grid" using a Virtual Private Network to couple clusters on the message-passing level. This is a simple and pragmatic approach for those cases where the functionality (and complexity) of full Grid middleware stacks is not strictly necessary. We evaluate the performance of our approach with a Cellular Automata Simulation using MPI. Experiments show that the use of a VPN offers sufficient communication performance for our application example.
C. Kauhaus and D. Fey, "Building Mini-Grid Environments with Virtual Private Networks: A Pragmatic Approach," International Symposium on Parallel Computing in Electrical Engineering(PARELEC), Bialystok, 2006, pp. 111-115.