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Exploiting object locality in JavaParty, a distributed computing environment for workstation clusters

Haumacher, Bernhard; Philippsen, Michael

Abstract: JavaParty is a distributed computing environment that provides transparent remote objects on workstation clusters. Transparency provides the ability to defer object distribution decisions and to make automatic object distribution possible. For an efficient program execution in a distributed address space, fast remote accesses are absolutely critical. With KaRMI we have already shown how to realize that in pure Java[1]. But in an environment with transparent remote objects fast remote access is not sufficient for efficiency. A good object distribution will try to group objects according to their communication patterns, not only expecting that local communication is much cheaper than remote access but in addition that local communication has an overhead similar to a normal Java method invocation. Using RMI this assumption is void. RMI does not exploit locality at all, because it was designed for client server communication in a wide area network. KaRMI does already exploit locality by providing a local transport technology that shortcuts invocations within the same address space. In this paper we show that detecting locality at the transport level is too late and we present techniques to close the gap between a Java method invocation and a local JavaParty one. We conclude the paper with a kernel method invocation benchmark that verifies the results and we demonstrate that transparent remote objects can be used to efficiently execute an application benchmark designed for a symmetric multiprocessor with JavaParty.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation (IPD)
Publikationstyp Buchaufsatz
Jahr 2001
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-AAA304820012
KITopen ID: 30482001
Erscheinungsvermerk In: Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Compilers for Parallel Computers, CPC 2001, Edinburgh, Great Britain 2001 [online].
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