Team AlGorille

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Section: Software


Participant : Emmanuel Jeannot.

Wrekavoc addresses the problem of controlling the heterogeneity of a cluster. Our objective is to have a configurable environment that allows for reproducible experiments on large set of configurations using real applications with no emulation of the code. Given an homogeneous cluster Wrekavoc degrades the performance of nodes and network links independently in order to build a new heterogeneous cluster. Then, any application can be run on this new cluster without modifications.

Wrekavoc is implemented using the client-server model. A server, with administrator privilege, is deployed on each node one wants to configure. The client reads a configuration file and sends orders to each node in the configuration. The client can also order the nodes to recover the original state.

CPU Degradation.

We have implemented several methods for degrading CPU performance. The first approach consists in managing the frequency of the CPU through the kernel CPU-Freq interface. We propose two other solutions in case CPU-Freq is not available. One is based on CPU burning. A program that runs under real-time scheduling policy burns a constant portion of the CPU, whatever the number of processes currently running. The other is based on user-level process scheduling called CPU-lim. A CPU limiter is a program that supervises processes of a given user. Using the /proc pseudo-filesystem, it suspends the processes when they have used more than the required fraction of the CPU.

Network Limitation.

Limiting latency and bandwidth is done using tc (traffic controller) based on Iproute2 a program that allows advanced IP routing. With this tools it is possible to control both incoming and outgoing traffic. Furthermore, the latest versions (above allows to control the latency of the network interface.

Memory Limitation.

Wrekavoc is able to limit the largest malloc a user can make. This is possible through the security module PAM. However, we have not been able to limit the whole memory usable by all the processes yet.

Configuring and Controlling Nodes and Links.

The configuration of a homogeneous cluster is made through the notion of islet. An islet is a set of nodes that share similar limitation. Two islets are linked together by a virtual network which can also be limited. An islet is defined as a union of IP addresses (or machine names) intervals.

Each islet configuration is stored into a configuration file. At the end of this file is described the network connection (bandwidth and latency) between each islet.

We have also Wrekavoc on the Grid-explorer cluster with 216 nodes. Each node has two 2 GHz AMD Opteron 246 with 2 GB of RAM. It runs under Linux Debian 3.1 with kernel 2.6.8. Results show that we are able to independently degrades each resources and that the obtained degradation is very close to the desired one.


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