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Investigating resilient high performance reconfigurable computing with minimally-invasive system monitoring

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4 Author(s)
Bin Huang ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA ; Schmidt, A.G. ; Mendon, A.A. ; Sass, R.

As researchers push for Exascale computing, one of the emerging challenges is system resilience. Unlike fault-tolerance which corrects errors, recent reports suggest that resilient systems will need to continue to make progress on an application despite faults. A first step in developing a resilient system is to have robust, scalable system monitoring. The work described here presents a novel, minimally-invasive system monitor that operates over a separate network. We analytically characterize the performance for an arbitrary set of nodes and demonstrate a working implementation of the design. We argue that the hardware approach is inherently superior to the ad hoc, software techniques currently employed in practice.

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High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing Technology and Applications ( HPRCTA), 2010 Fourth International Workshop on

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14-14 Nov. 2010