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In-memory application-level checkpoint-based migration for MPI programs

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Process migration provides many benefits for parallel environments including dynamic load balancing, data access locality or fault tolerance. This paper describes an in-memory application-level checkpoint-based migration solution for MPI codes that uses the Hierarchical Data Format 5 (HDF5) to write the checkpoint files. The main features of the proposed solution are transparency for the user, achieved through the use of CPPC (ComPiler for Portable Checkpointing); portability, as the application-level approach makes the solution adequate for any MPI implementation and operating system, and the use of the HDF5 file format enables the restart on different architectures; and high performance, by saving the checkpoint files to memory instead of to disk through the use of the HDF5 in-memory files. Experimental results prove that the in-memory approach reduces significantly the I/O cost of the migration process.

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This research was supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain (Project TIN2010-16735) and by the Galician Government (Project 10PXIB 105180PR and consolidation program of competitive reference groups GRC2013/055).

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Cores, I., Rodríguez, G., Martín, M.J. et al. In-memory application-level checkpoint-based migration for MPI programs. J Supercomput 70, 660–670 (2014).

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