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The LAM/MPI Checkpoint/Restart Framework: System-Initiated Checkpointing

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Abstract

As high-performance clusters continue to grow in size and popularity, issues of fault tolerance and reliability are becoming limiting factors on application scalability. To address these issues, we present the design and implementation of a system for providing coordinated checkpointing and rollback recovery for MPI-based parallel applications. Our approach integrates the Berkeley Lab BLCR kernel-level process checkpoint system with the LAM implementation of MPI through a defined checkpoint/restart interface. Checkpointing is transparent to the application, allowing the system to be used for cluster maintenance and scheduling reasons as well as for fault tolerance. Experimental results show negligible communication performance impact due to the incorporation of the checkpoint support capabilities into LAM/MPI.

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