Checkpoint and Restart: An Energy Consumption Characterization in Clusters

TitleCheckpoint and Restart: An Energy Consumption Characterization in Clusters
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMorán, M, Balladini, J, Rexachs, D, Luque, E
EditorPesado, P, Aciti, C
Conference NameComputer Science – CACIC 2018
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Conference LocationArgentina
ISBN Number978-3-030-20787-8

The fault tolerance method currently used in High Performance Computing (HPC) is the rollback-recovery method by using checkpoints. This, like any other fault tolerance method, adds an additional energy consumption to that of the execution of the application. The objective of this work is to determine the factors that affect the energy consumption of the computing nodes on homogeneous cluster, when performing checkpoint and restart operations, on SPMD (Single Program Multiple Data) applications. We have focused on the energetic study of compute nodes, contemplating different configurations of hardware and software parameters. We studied the effect of performance states (states P) and power states (states C) of processors, application problem size, checkpoint software (DMTCP) and distributed file system (NFS) configuration. The results analysis allowed to identify opportunities to reduce the energy consumption of checkpoint and restart operations.

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