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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE C 2012 Vol.13 No.12 P.891-900

10.1631/jzus.C1200135


Optimizing checkpoint for scientific simulations


Author(s):  Xi-sheng Xiao, Ying-ping Huang, Xi-hui Zhang

Affiliation(s):  Economics & Management College, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   davidshiau@qq.com, yhuang@una.edu, xzhang6@una.edu

Key Words:  Checkpoint, Long-running, Optimizing, Simulation


Xi-sheng Xiao, Ying-ping Huang, Xi-hui Zhang. Optimizing checkpoint for scientific simulations[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science C, 2012, 13(12): 891-900.

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Abstract: 
It is extremely time-consuming to restart a long-running simulation from the beginning when a failure occurs. checkpointing is a viable solution that enables simulations to be resumed from the point of failure. We study three models to determine the optimal checkpoint interval between contiguous checkpoints so that the total execution time is minimized and we demonstrate that optimal checkpointing can facilitate self-optimizing. This study greatly advances our knowledge of and practice in optimizing long-running scientific simulations.

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