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MPI/FTTM: architecture and taxonomies for fault-tolerant, message-passing middleware for performance-portable parallel computing

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7 Author(s)
Batchu, R. ; MPI Software Technol. Inc., Starkville, MS, USA ; Neelamegam, J.P. ; Zhenqian Cui ; Beddhu, M.
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MPI has proven effective for parallel applications in situations with neither QoS nor fault handling. Emerging environments motivate fault-tolerant MPI middleware. Environments include space-based, wide-area/web/meta computing and scalable clusters. MPI/FT, the system described in the paper, trades off sufficient MPI fault coverage against acceptable parallel performance, based on mission requirements and constraints. MPI codes are evolved to use MPI/FT features. Non-portable code for event handlers and recovery management is isolated. User-coordinated recovery, checkpointing, transparency and event handling, as well as evolvability of legacy MPI codes form key design criteria. Parallel self-checking threads address four levels of MPI implementation robustness, three of which are portable to any multithreaded MPI. A taxonomy of application types provides six initial fault-relevant models; user-transparent parallel nMR computation is thereby considered. Key concepts from MPI/RT-real-time MPI-are also incorporated into MPI/FT, with further overt support for MPI/RT and MPI/FT in applications possible in future

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Cluster Computing and the Grid, 2001. Proceedings. First IEEE/ACM International Symposium on

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2001