21-27 March 2009
Europe/Prague timezone

A prototype of a Virtual Analysis Facility: first experiences

26 Mar 2009, 08:00


Prague Congress Centre 5. května 65, 140 00 Prague 4, Czech Republic
Board: Thursday 041
poster Grid Middleware and Networking Technologies Poster session


Stefano Bagnasco (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN))


Current Grid deployments for LHC computing (namely the WLCG infrastructure) do not allow efficient parallel interactive processing of data. In order to allow physicists to interactively access subsets of data (e.g. for algorithm tuning and debugging before running over a full dataset) parallel Analysis Facilities based on PROOF have been deployed by the ALICE experiment at CERN and elsewhere. Whereas large Tier-1 centres may afford to build such facilities at the expense of their Grid farms, or exploit the large number of jobs finishing at any given time to quickly collect a number of nodes to temporarily allocate for interactive work, this is likely not to be true for smaller Tier-2s centres. Leveraging on the virtualisation of highly performant multi-core machines, it is possible to build a fully virtual Analysis Facility on the same Worker Nodes that compose an existing LCG Grid Farm. Using the Xen paravirtualisation hypervisor, it is then possible to dynamically move resources from the batch instance to the interactive one when needed, minimizing latencies and wasted resources. We present the status of the prototype being developed, and some experience from the very first users.

Primary author

Stefano Bagnasco (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN))


Dario Berzano (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) and University of Torino) massimo masera (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) and University of Torino) stefano lusso (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN))

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