CALCioM: Mitigating I/O Interference in HPC Systems through Cross-Application Coordination

TitleCALCioM: Mitigating I/O Interference in HPC Systems through Cross-Application Coordination
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDorier, M, Antoniu, G, Ross, RB, Kimpe, D, Ibrahim, S
Conference Name28th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium
Conference LocationPhoenix, AZ
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P5076-0214

Unmatched computation and storage performance in new HPC systems have led to a plethora of I/O optimizations ranging from application-side collective I/O to network and disk-level request scheduling on the file system side. As we deal with ever larger machines, the interference produced by multiple applications accessing a shared parallel file system in a concurrent manner becomes a major problem. Interference often breaks single-application I/O optimizations, dramatically degrading application I/O performance and, as a result, low- ering machine wide efficiency.

This paper focuses on CALCioM, a framework that aims to mitigate I/O interference through the dynamic selection of appropriate scheduling policies. CALCioM allows several applications running on a supercomputer to communicate and coordinate their I/O strategy in order to avoid interfering with one another. In this work, we examine four I/O strategies that can be accommodated in this framework: serializing, interrupting, interfering and coordinating. Experiments on Argonne’s BG/P Surveyor machine and on several clusters of the French Grid’5000 show how CALCioM can be used to efficiently and transparently improve the scheduling strategy between two otherwise interfering applications, given specified metrics of machine wide efficiency.