[Beowulf] Google CPI process monitoring

Hearns, John john.hearns at mclaren.com
Fri Apr 12 04:32:59 PDT 2013

They're doing job overcommitting, but dynamically.  Cool.

Each of our clusters runs a central scheduler and admis-
sion controller that ensures that resources are not oversub-
scribed among the latency-sensitive jobs, although it spec-
ulatively over-commits resources allocated to batch ones.
Overcommitting resources is a form of statistical multiplex-
ing, and works because most jobs do not use their maxi-
mum required resources all the time. If the scheduler guesses
wrong, it may need to preempt a batch task and move it to
another machine; this is not a big deal - it's simply another
source of the failures that need to be handled anyway for
correct, reliable operation.

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