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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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Towards Effective High Performance Computing in the Cloud

SESSION: Doctoral Showcase - Dissertation Research

EVENT TYPE: Doctoral Showcase - Dissertation Research Showcase

TIME: 10:30AM - 10:45AM

SESSION CHAIR: Alistair Rendell

Presenter(s):Abhishek Gupta


The advantages of pay-as-you-go model, elasticity, and the flexibility and customization offered by virtualization make cloud computing an attractive option for meeting the needs of some HPC users. However, there is a mismatch between cloud environments and HPC requirements. The poor interconnect and I/O performance in cloud, HPC-agnostic cloud schedulers, and the inherent heterogeneity and multi-tenancy in cloud are some bottlenecks for HPC in cloud. This thesis goes beyond the research question: "what is the performance of HPC in cloud?" and explores "how can we perform effective and efficient HPC in cloud?" To this end, we adopt the complementary approach of making clouds HPC-aware, and HPC runtime system cloud-aware. Through intelligent application-to-platform mapping, HPC-aware VM placement, interference-aware VM consolidation, and cloud-aware HPC load balancing, we demonstrate significant benefits for both: users and cloud providers in terms of cost (up to 60%), performance (up to 45%), and throughput (up to 32%).

Chair/Presenter Details:

Alistair Rendell (Chair) - Australian National University

Abhishek Gupta - University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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