Beowulf [& VMWare]
becker at scyld.com
Thu Nov 7 13:45:43 PST 2002
On 31 Oct 2002, Timothy H. Keitt wrote:
> On Thu, 2002-10-31 at 13:30, Donald Becker wrote:
> > As most list readers know, I consider Mosix to be an academically
> > interesting system and its transparent process migration an excellent
> > touchstone to compare process migration approachs.
> > Mosix is not a good system for scalable or performance-oriented
> > clustering, and I agree with your conclustion that Mosix+VMware
> > application serving is not a good match.
> VMware aside, I'm not aware that openmosix precludes the use of mpi or
> pvm or standard batch processing. Are these not good solutions for
> scalable or performance-oriented clustering?
moves the migration policy into the kernel,
has (deliberately) slow job migration to avoid scheduling hot-spots
uses in-kernel communication forwarding
While these allow unaware, and unmodified, applications to be migrated,
they are exactly the wrong decisions for MPI and PVM applications.
MPI and PVM
explicitly and simultaneously starts a known number of subprocesses,
knows where those subprocesses should be, and
builds new, explicit communication paths
The total effect is that Mosix takes much longer to start MPI/PVM jobs,
and has much higher overhead.
The features Mosix provides are
single point application updates
single process space view
Scyld Beowulf provides these at much lower CPU overhead.
Donald Becker becker at scyld.com
Scyld Computing Corporation http://www.scyld.com
410 Severn Ave. Suite 210 Scyld Beowulf cluster system
Annapolis MD 21403 410-990-9993
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