Conference Paper

Methodology for Performance Evaluation of the Input/Output System on Computer Clusters

DOI: 10.1109/CLUSTER.2011.83 Conference: 2011 IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing (CLUSTER), Austin, TX, USA, September 26-30, 2011
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The increase of processing units, speed and computational power, and the complexity of scientific applications that use high performance computing require more efficient Input/Output (I/O) systems. In order to efficiently use the I/O it is necessary to know its performance capacity to determine if it fulfills applications I/O requirements. This paper proposes a methodology to evaluate I/O performance on computer clusters under different I/O configurations. This evaluation is useful to study how different I/O subsystem configurations will affect the application performance. This approach encompasses the characterization of the I/O system at three different levels: application, I/O system and I/O devices. We select different system configuration and/or I/O operation parameters and we evaluate the impact on performance by considering both the application and the I/O architecture. During I/O configuration analysis we identify configurable factors that have an impact on the performance of the I/O system. In addition, we extract information in order to select the most suitable configuration for the application.

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    • "A number of studies assumes that each of the workloads has its own characteristics for which specific actions, e.g., management, tuning, configuring can be performed to achieve optimal throughput. A methodology for evaluating of I/O performance on computer clusters under different I/O configurations is proposed in [8]. Three levels of the I/O path are considered: application level, I/O system level and I/O devices. "
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