RPC-V: Toward Fault-Tolerant RPC for Internet Connected Desktop Grids with Volatile Nodes

Samir Djilali, Thomas Herault, Oleg Lodygensky, Tangui Morlier, Gilles Fedak, Franck Cappello

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RPC is one of the programming models envisioned for the Grid. In Internet connected Large Scale Grids such as Desktop Grids, nodes and networks failures are not rare events. This paper provides several contributions, examining the feasibility and limits of fault-tolerant RPC on these platforms. First, we characterize these Grids from their fundamental features and demonstrate that their applications scope should be safely restricted to stateless services. Second, we present a new fault-tolerant RPC protocol associating an original combination of three-tier architecture, passive replication and message logging. We describe RPC-V, an implementation of the proposed protocol within the XtremWeb Desktop Grid middleware. Third, we evaluate the performance of RPC-V and the impact of faults on the execution time, using a real life application on a Desktop Grid testbed assembling nodes in France and USA. We demonstrate that RPC-V allows the applications to continue their execution while key system components fail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM/IEEE SC 2004 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationBridging Communities
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)0769521533, 9780769521534
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing, SC 2004 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2004Nov 12 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE SC 2004 Conference: Bridging Communities


Conference2004 ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing, SC 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software


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