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An Information-Based Approach to Distributed Systems Design Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
 

Summary: An Information-Based Approach to Distributed Systems Design
Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Abstract
We propose an information-based methodology for devel-
oping distributed systems. At the core of such an approach
is the need to understand all possible sources for gath-
ering information. In this paper we develop an informa-
tion taxonomy and explore the costs and benefits of each
source through a case study of the River I/O environment
for clusters. The investigation, performed through tar-
geted simulations and implementation measurements, fo-
cuses on the two distributed algorithms that are the foun-
dation of dynamic adaptation within River. By following
our information-centric approach, we design two efficient
and scalable data-transfer mechanisms, which in turn yield
robust application performance.
1 Introduction
The key to making intelligent decisions in a parallel
or distributed system is timely access to accurate in-

  

Source: Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi - Department of Computer Sciences, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Madison

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences