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A Cluster-Based Implementation of a Fault Tolerant Parallel Reduction Algorithm Using Swarm-Array Computing

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3 Author(s)
Varghese, B. ; Sch. of Syst. Eng., Univ. of Reading, Reading, UK ; McKee, G. ; Alexandrov, V.

Recent research in multi-agent systems incorporate fault tolerance concepts. However, the research does not explore the extension and implementation of such ideas for large scale parallel computing systems. The work reported in this paper investigates a swarm array computing approach, namely 'Intelligent Agents'. In the approach considered a task to be executed on a parallel computing system is decomposed to sub-tasks and mapped onto agents that traverse an abstracted hardware layer. The agents intercommunicate across processors to share information during the event of apredicted core/processor failure and for successfully completing the task. The agents hence contribute towards fault tolerance and towards building reliable systems. The feasibility of the approach is validated by simulations on an FPGA usinga multi-agent simulator and implementation of a parallel reduction algorithm on a computer cluster using the Message Passing Interface.

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Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (ICAS), 2010 Sixth International Conference on

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7-13 March 2010