Title: Deploying applications in multi-SAN SMP clusters

Authors: Albano Alves, Antonio Pina, Jose Exposto, Jose Rufino

Addresses: Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao, Instituto Politecnico de Braganca, Campus de Santa Apolonia – Apartado 1038, 5301-854 Braganca, Portugal. ' Departamento de Informatica, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar 4710-057 Braga, Portugal. ' Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao, Instituto Politecnico de Braganca, Campus de Santa Apolonia – Apartado 1038, 5301-854 Braganca, Portugal. ' Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao, Instituto Politecnico de Braganca, Campus de Santa Apolonia – Apartado 1038, 5301-854 Braganca, Portugal

Abstract: The effective exploitation of multi-SAN SMP clusters and the use of generic clusters to support complex information systems require new approaches; multi-SAN SMP clusters introduce new levels of parallelism and traditional environments are mainly used to run scientific computations. In this paper we present a novel approach to the exploitation of clusters that allows integrating in a unique metaphor: the representation of physical resources, the modelling of applications and the mapping of application into physical resources. The proposed abstractions favoured the development of an API that allows combining and benefiting from the shared memory, message passing and global memory paradigms.

Keywords: cluster computing; heterogeneity; resource management; application modelling; logical-physical mapping; symmetric multiprocessor workstations; SMP clusters; system area networks; SANs; shared memory; message passing; global memory.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2009.027376

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2009 Vol.4 No.3, pp.137 - 148

Published online: 21 Jul 2009 *

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