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Building Mini-Grid Environments with Virtual Private Networks: A Pragmatic Approach

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2 Author(s)
Kauhaus, C. ; Inst. fur Informatik, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ., Jena ; Fey, D.

At our university, we have a number of small-to-medium-size compute clusters and some technical simulations which could benefit from using several of these clusters simultaneously. 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

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Parallel Computing in Electrical Engineering, 2006. PAR ELEC 2006. International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

13-17 Sept. 2006