SHF: Small: Lightweight Virtualization Driven Elastic Memory Management and Cluster Scheduling (NSF SHF-1816850, 7/2018-6/2021) 

 Project description and goals

Data-centers are evolving to host heterogeneous workloads on shared clusters to reduce the operational cost and achieve high resource utilization. However, it is challenging to schedule heterogeneous workloads with diverse resource requirements and performance constraints on heterogeneous hardware. Data parallel processing often suffers from interference and significant memory pressure, resulting in excessive garbage collection and out-of-memory errors that harm application performance and reliability. Cluster memory management and scheduling is still inefficient, leading to low utilization and poor multi-service support. Existing approaches either focus on application awareness or operating system awareness, thus are not well positioned to address the semantic gap between application run-times and the operating system. This project aims to improve application performance and cluster efficiency via lightweight virtualization-enabled elastic memory management and cluster scheduling. It combines system experimentation with rigorous design and analyses to improve performance and efficiency, and tackle memory pressure of data-parallel processing. Developed system software will be open-sourced, providing opportunities to foster a large ecosystem that spans system software providers and customers. 

The research project is executed in a cutting-edge lab located in the new science and engineering building. The server room is furnished with cutting-edge HP data center blade facility that has three racks of HP ProLiant BL460C G6 blade server modules and a 40 TB HP EVA storage area network with 10 Gbps Ethernet and 8 Gbps Fibre/iSCSI dual channels. It has three APC InRow RP Air-Cooled and UPS equipments for maximum 40 kWs in the n+1 redundancy design. 


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under SHF-1816850. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).