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Subject/Keyword
clusters
high performance computing
system software
scientific applications
virtual machines
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Unal, Erkan
Supervisor and department
Lu, Paul (Computing Science)
Examining committee member and department
Brown, Alex (Chemistry)
Jagersand, Martin (Computing Science)
Department
Department of Computing Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-01-08T15:48:40Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Variations between the software environments(e.g., installed applications, versions of libraries) on different high-performance computing (HPC) systems lead to a heterogeneity problem. Therefore, we design an optimized, homogeneous virtual machine (VM) called a virtual application appliance (VAA). Scientists can package scientific applications, and all supporting software components, as VAAs and run them independently from the underlying heterogeneous HPC systems. However, securely moving data in and out of the VAA and controlling the execution of applications are not trivial for a non-computer scientist. Consequently, we develop two automated stage-in/stage-out secure data movement mechanisms. We also explore a migration mechanism to further simplify the control of the VAA execution. Empirical evaluation results show that VAAs achieve near-native performance in widely used bioinformatics applications that we tested. Data movement, VM boot up, shutdown and migration overheads of VAAs are negligible with respect to total run-times.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3WC8R
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License granted by Erkan Unal (unal@ualberta.net) on 2010-01-07T23:01:10Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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