Evaluation of Checkpointing Mechanism on SCore Cluster System

Masaaki KONDO
Masashi IMAI
Takashi NANYA
Atsushi HORI

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E86-D    No.12    pp.2553-2562
Publication Date: 2003/12/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Dependable Computing)
Category: Dependable Software
checkpointing,  rollback-recovery,  cluster system,  high availability,  

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Cluster systems are getting widely used because of good performance / cost ratio. However, their reliability has not been well discussed in practical environment so far. As the number of commodity components in a cluster system gets increased, it is indispensable to support reliability by system software. SCore cluster system software is a parallel programming environment for High Performance Computing (HPC). SCore provides checkpointing and rollback-recovery mechanism for high availability. In this paper, we analyze and evaluate the checkpointing and rollback-recovery mechanisms of SCore quantitively. The experimental results reveal that the required time for checkpointing scales very well in respect to the number of computing nodes. However, the required time is quite long due to the low effective network bandwidth. Based on the results, we modify SCore and successfully make checkpointing and recovery 1.8 2.8 times and 3.7 5.0 times faster respectively. This is very helpful for cluster systems to achieve high performance and high availability.