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IEEE Cluster 2013 Conference
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Tuesday, September 24 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Checkpoint-Restart for a Network of Virtual Machines

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The ability to easily deploy parallel computations on the Cloud is becoming ever more important. The first uniform mechanism for checkpointing a network of virtual machines is described. This is important for the parallel versions of common productivity software. Potential examples of parallelism include Simulink for MATLAB, parallel R for the R statistical modelling language, parallel_blast.py for the BLAST bioinformatics software, IPython.parallel for Python, and GNU parallel for parallel shells. The checkpoint mechanism is implemented as a plugin in the DMTCP checkpoint-restart package. It operates on KVM/QEMU, and has also been adapted to Lguest and pure user-space QEMU. The plugin is surprisingly compact, comprising just 400 lines of code to checkpoint a single virtual machine, and 200 lines of code for a plugin to support saving and restoring network state. Incremental checkpoints of the associated virtual filesystem are accommodated through the Btrfs filesystem. Experiments demonstrate checkpoint times of a fraction of a second by using forked checkpointing, mmap-based restart, and incremental Btrfs-based snapshots.

Tuesday September 24, 2013 3:00pm - 3:25pm
12th Floor - Circle City 12 (Hilton) 120 W. Market St, Indianapolis, IN

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