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Section: New Results

Replication Is More Efficient Than You Think

We revisit replication coupled with checkpointing for fail-stop errors. Replication enables the application to survive many fail-stop errors, thereby allowing for longer checkpointing periods. Previously published works use replication with the no-restart strategy, which never restart failed processors until the application crashes. We introduce the restart strategy where failed processors are restarted after each checkpoint. which may introduce additional overhead during checkpoints but prevents the application configuration from degrading throughout successive checkpointing periods. We show how to compute the optimal checkpointing period for this strategy, which is much larger than the one with no-restart, thereby decreasing I/O pressure. We show through simulations that using the restart strategy significantly decreases the overhead induced by replication, in terms of both total execution time and energy consumption.

This work appears in the proceedings of SC 2019 [15], [28].