Data-intensive end-user analyses in high energy physics require high data throughput to reach short turnaround cycles. This leads to enormous challenges for storage and network infrastructure, especially when facing the tremendously increasing amount of data to be processed during High-Luminosity LHC runs. Including opportunistic resources with volatile storage systems into the traditional HEP computing facilities makes this situation more complex.
Bringing data close to the computing units is a promising approach to solve throughput limitations and improve the overall performance. We focus on coordinated distributed caching by coordinating workows to the most suitable hosts in terms of cached files. This allows optimizing overall processing efficiency of data-intensive workows and efficiently use limited cache volume by reducing replication of data on distributed caches.
We developed a NaviX coordination service at KIT that realizes coordinated distributed caching using XRootD cache proxy server infrastructure and HTCondor batch system. In this paper, we present the experience gained in operating coordinated distributed caches on cloud and HPC resources. ... mehrFurthermore, we show benchmarks of a dedicated high throughput cluster, the Throughput-Optimized Analysis-System (TOpAS), which is based on the above-mentioned concept.