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Coordinated checkpoint and recovery is a common approach to achieve fault tolerance on large-scale systems. The traditional mechanism dumps the process image to a local disk or a central storage area of all the processes involved in the parallel job. When a failure occurs, the processes are restarted and restored to the latest checkpoint image. However, this kind of approach is unable to provide the scalability required by increasingly large-sized jobs, since it puts heavy I/O burden on the storage subsystem, and resubmitting a job during restart phase incurs lengthy queuing delay.
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