A study of a KVM-based cluster for grid computing

@inproceedings{Fenn2009ASO,
  title={A study of a KVM-based cluster for grid computing},
  author={Michael Fenn and Michael A. Murphy and Sebastien Goasguen},
  booktitle={ACM Southeast Regional Conference},
  year={2009}
}
We present a performance study of a virtualized cluster based on the virtualization system KVM. We show benchmark results from the High Performance Computing Challenge (HPCC) application suite including the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark. We also present the mechanism by which this cluster is connected to the Open Science Grid (OSG). Our results show that jobs with low amounts of network communication will only suffer moderate overhead (≈10%) due to virtualization, while MPI… CONTINUE READING

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  • Our results show that jobs with low amounts of network communication will only suffer moderate overhead (≈10%) due to virtualization, while MPI applications will suffer from a considerable overhead in the 60% range.
  • Our results show that jobs with low amounts of network communication will only su.er moder­ate overhead ( 10%) due to virtualization, while MPI appli­cations will su.er from a considerable overhead in the 60% range.

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