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KRASH - Kernel for Reproduction and Analysis of System Heterogeneity

Participants : Guillaume Huard [correspondant] , Swann Perarnau.

KRASH is a tool for reproducible generation of system-level CPU load. This tool is intended for use in shared memory machines equipped with multiple CPU cores that are usually exploited concurrently by several users. The objective of KRASH is to enable parallel application developers to validate their resources use strategies on a partially loaded machine by replaying an observed load in concurrence with their application. To reach this objective, KRASH relies on a method for CPU load generation which behaves as realistically as possible: the resulting load is similar to the load that would be produced by concurrent processes run by other users. Nevertheless, contrary to a simple run of a CPU-intensive application, KRASH is not sensitive to system scheduling decisions. The main benefit brought by KRASH is this reproducibility: no matter how many processes are present in the system the load generated by our tool strictly respects a given load profile. This last characteristic proves to be hard to achieve using simple methods because the system scheduler is supposed to share the resources fairly among running processes. http://krash.ligforge.imag.fr under GNU GPL licence.