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Empirical Comparison of Three Versioning Architectures

TitleEmpirical Comparison of Three Versioning Architectures
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFujita, H, Iskra, K, Balaji, P, Chien, AA
Conference NameIEEE Cluster 2015
Date Published09/2015
Conference LocationChicago, IL
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P5321-0315
AbstractFuture supercomputer systems will face serious reliability challenges. Among failure scenarios, latent errors are some of the most serious and concerning. Preserving multiple versions of critical data is a promising approach to deal with such errors. We are developing the Global View Resilience (GVR) library, with multi-version global arrays as one of the key features. This paper presents three array versioning architectures: flat array, flat array with change tracking, and log-structured array. We use a synthetic workload comparing the three array architectures in terms of runtime performance and memory requirements. The experiments show that the flat array with change tracking is the best architecture in terms of runtime performance, for versioning frequencies of 10−5 ops−1 or higher matching the second best architecture or beating it by over 8 times, whereas the log-structured array is preferable for low memory usage, since it saves up to 88% of memory compared with a flat array.