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Proactive Process-Level Live Migration and Back Migration in HPC Environments

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Executive Summary

As the number of nodes in high-performance computing environments keeps increasing, faults are becoming common place. Reactive Fault Tolerance (FT) often does not scale due to massive I/O requirements and relies on manual job resubmission. This work complements reactive with proactive FT at the process level. Through health monitoring, a subset of node failures can be anticipated when one's health deteriorates. A novel process-level live migration mechanism supports continued execution of applications during much of processes migration. This scheme is integrated into an MPI execution environment to transparently sustain health-inflicted node failures, which eradicates the need to restart and requeue MPI jobs.

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