Remote Parallel I/O in Grid Environments

  • Rudolf Berrendorf
  • Marc-André Hermanns
  • Jan Seidel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3911)


Although processor speed and memory bandwidth as well as capacities of persistent storage devices evolved rapidly in the last years, the bandwidth between memory and persistent storage devices could not match that pace. As current scientific applications tend to process an enormous amount of data at runtime, the access to a local disk might become the main performance bottleneck.

The communication infrastructure for local area networks has also evolved rapidly, thus modern filesystems for supercomputing are using storage area network solutions to distribute the load of application i/o to several special purpose i/o nodes. These san solutions, however, are often bound to a specific organizational structure, such as different locations of the same company or several institutes of a university. This often implies a common user base and accounting information at each site. In a highly variant grid environment these demands might be hard to meet.

This paper describes the definition of two adio devices for romio, a publicly available mpii/o implementation, to provide transparent access to remote parallel i/o and additionally access to remote i/o on files in the memory of a remote server. The architecture of these devices allows for a definition of remote servers on a per job basis, and can be configured by the user before runtime.


Main Memory Message Passing Interface Grid Environment Remote Server Persistent Storage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Berrendorf
    • 1
  • Marc-André Hermanns
    • 2
  • Jan Seidel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Applied Science Bonn-Rhein-SiegSt. AugustinGermany
  2. 2.Central Institute for Applied MathematicsResearch Centre JülichJülichGermany

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