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Design and Evaluation of a Virtual Experimental Environment for Distributed Systems

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4 Author(s)
Sarzyniec, L. ; Inria, Villers-les-Nancy, France ; Buchert, T. ; Jeanvoine, E. ; Nussbaum, L.

Between simulation and experiments on real-scale testbeds, the combined use of emulation and virtualization provide a useful alternative for performing experiments on distributed systems such as clusters, grids, cloud computing or P2P systems. In this paper, we present Distem, a software tool to build distributed virtual experimental environments. Using an homogeneous set of nodes, Distem emulates a platform composed of heterogeneous nodes (in terms of number and performance of CPU cores), connected to a virtual network described using a realistic topology model. Distem relies on LXC (Linux Containers), a low-overhead container-based virtualization solution, to achieve scalability and enable experiments with thousands of virtual nodes. Distem provides a set of user interfaces to accommodate different needs (command-line for interactive use, Ruby and REST APIs), is freely available and well documented. After a detailed description of Distem, we perform an experimental evaluation of several of its features.

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Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (PDP), 2013 21st Euromicro International Conference on

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Feb. 27 2013-March 1 2013