Integration of PanDA workload management system with Titan supercomputer at OLCF.

Apr 16, 2015, 11:15 AM
C210 (C210)



oral presentation Track8: Performance increase and optimization exploiting hardware features Track 8 Session


Sergey Panitkin (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US))


The PanDA (Production and Distributed Analysis) workload management system (WMS) was developed to meet the scale and complexity of LHC distributed computing for the ATLAS experiment.   While PanDA currently uses more than 100,000 cores at well over 100 Grid sites with a peak performance of 0.3 petaFLOPS, next LHC data taking run will require more resources than Grid computing can possibly provide. To alleviate these challenges, ATLAS is engaged in an ambitious program to expand the current computing model to include additional resources such as the opportunistic use of supercomputers. We will describe a project aimed at integration of PanDA WMS with Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). Current approach utilizes modified PanDA pilot framework for job submission to Titan's batch queues and local data management, with light-weight MPI wrappers to run single threaded workloads in parallel on Titan's multi-core worker nodes. It also gives PanDA new capability to collect, in real time, information about unused worker nodes on Titan, which allows precisely define the size and duration of jobs submitted to Titan according to available free resources. This capability significantly reduces PanDA job wait time while improving Titan’s utilization efficiency. This implementation was tested with a variety of Monte-Carlo workloads on Titan and is being tested on several other supercomputing platforms.

Primary author

Sergey Panitkin (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US))


Alexandre Vaniachine (ATLAS) Dr Alexei Klimentov (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US)) Artem Petrosyan (Joint Inst. for Nuclear Research (RU)) Danila Oleynik (Joint Inst. for Nuclear Research (RU)) Jaroslava Schovancova (CERN) Kaushik De (University of Texas at Arlington (US)) Dr Torre Wenaus (Brookhaven National Laboratory (US))

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