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STORM: Scalable Resource Management for Large-Scale Parallel Computers

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4 Author(s)
Frachtenberg, E. ; CCS-3 Modeling, Algorithms, & Informatics Group, Los Alamos Nat. Lab., NM ; Petrini, F. ; Fernandez, J. ; Pakin, Scott

Although clusters are a popular form of high-performance computing, they remain more difficult to manage than sequential systems - or even symmetric multiprocessors. In this paper, we identify a small set of primitive mechanisms that are sufficiently general to be used as building blocks to solve a variety of resource-management problems. We then present STORM, a resource-management environment that embodies these mechanisms in a scalable, low-overhead, and efficient implementation. The key innovation behind STORM is a modular software architecture that reduces all resource management functionality to a small number of highly scalable mechanisms. These mechanisms simplify the integration of resource management with low-level network features. As a result of this design, STORM can launch large, parallel applications an order of magnitude faster than the best time reported in the literature and can gang-schedule a parallel application as fast as the node OS can schedule a sequential application. This paper describes the mechanisms and algorithms behind STORM and presents a detailed performance model that shows that STORM's performance can scale to thousands of nodes

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 2006

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