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The Design and Implementation of a Multi-Level Content-Addressable Checkpoint File System

Date Added: Aug 2012
Format: PDF

Long-running HPC applications guard against node failures by writing checkpoints to parallel file systems. Writing these checkpoints with petascale class machines has proven difficult and the increased concurrency demands of exascale computing will exacerbate this problem. To meet check-pointing demands and sustain application-perceived throughput at exascale, multi-tiered hierarchical storage architectures involving solid-state burst buffers are being considered. In this paper, the authors describe the design and implementation of cento, a multilevel, content-addressable checkpoint file system for large-scale HPC systems. Cento achieves in-flight checkpoint data reduction across all compute nodes through compression and elimination of duplicate blocks over a series of checkpoints.