Emulation platform for high accuracy failure injection in grids

Thomas Herault, Mathieu Jan, Thomas Largillier, Sylvain Peyronnet, Benjamin Quetier, Franck Cappello

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In the process of developping grid applications, people need to often evaluate the robustness of their work. Two common approaches are, simulation where one can evaluates his software and predict behaviors under conditions usually unachievable in a laboratory experiment and experimentation where the actual application is launched on an actual grid. However simulation could ignore unpredictable behaviors due to the abstraction done and experimation does not guarantee a controlled and reproducible environment. In this chapter, we propose an emulation platform for parallel and distributed systems including grids where both the machines and the network are virtualized at a low level. The use of virtual machines allows us to test highly accurate failure injection since we can 'destroy' virtual machines and, network virtualization provides low-level network emulation. Failure accuracy is a criteria that notes how realistic a fault is. The accuracy of our framework is evaluated through a set of micro benchmarks and a very stable P2P system call Pastry since we are very interested in the publication system and resources finding of grid systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHigh Speed and Large Scale Scientific Computing
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781607500735
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Parallel Computing
ISSN (Print)0927-5452

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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