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The MONARC toolset for simulating large network-distributed processing systems

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2 Author(s)
Legrand, I.C. ; Lab. of High Energy Phys., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Newman, H.B.

The next generation of High Energy Physics experiments have envisaged the use of network-distributed Petabytescale data handling and computing systems of unprecedented complexity. The design and optimization of systems with this level of complexity requires a realistic description and modeling of the data access patterns, the data flow across the local and wide area networks, and the scheduling and workload presented by hundreds of jobs running concurrently on large scale distributed systems exchanging very large amounts of data. The simulation toolset developed within the “Models Of Networked Analysis at Regional Centers”, MONARC project, provides a code and execution time-efficient design and optimisation framework for large scale distributed systems. A process-oriented approach for discrete event simulation has been adopted. Threaded objects or “Active Objects” provide a natural way to map the specific behaviour of distributed data processing (and the required flows of data across the networks) into the simulation program. This simulation program is based on Java2(TM) technology because of the support for the necessary techniques needed to develop an efficient and flexible distributed process oriented simulation. This includes a convenient set of interactive graphical presentation and analysis tools. The design elements, status and features of the MONARC simulation tool are presented. The program allows realistic modelling of complex data access patterns by multiple concurrent users in large scale computing systems in a wide range of possible architectures. Comparison between queuing theory and realistic client-server measurements is also presented

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Simulation Conference, 2000. Proceedings. Winter  (Volume:2 )

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2000