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See detailPerformance Evaluation of the XDEM framework on the OpenStack Cloud Computing Middleware
Besseron, Xavier UL; Plugaru, Valentin UL; Mahmoudi, Amir Houshang UL et al

in Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering (2015, February)

As Cloud Computing services become ever more prominent, it appears necessary to assess the efficiency of these solutions. This paper presents a performance evaluation of the OpenStack Cloud Computing ... [more ▼]

As Cloud Computing services become ever more prominent, it appears necessary to assess the efficiency of these solutions. This paper presents a performance evaluation of the OpenStack Cloud Computing middleware using our XDEM application simulating the pyrolysis of biomass as a benchmark. We propose a systematic study based on a fully automated benchmarking framework to evaluate 3 different configurations: Native (i.e. no virtualization), OpenStack with KVM and XEN hypervisors. Our approach features the following advantages: real user application, the fair comparison using the same hardware, the large scale distributed execution, while fully automated and reproducible. Experiments has been run on two different clusters, using up to 432 cores. Results show a moderate overhead for sequential execution and a significant penalty for distributed execution under the Cloud middleware. The overhead on multiple nodes is between 10% and 30% for OpenStack/KVM and 30% and 60% for OpenStack/XEN. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing Heat Transfer Through Walls Of Packed Bed Reactors By An Innovative Particle-Resolved Approach
Peters, Bernhard UL; Singhal, A.; Besseron, Xavier UL et al

in 18th IFRF Member's Conference (2015)

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See detailA discrete/continuous numerical approach to multi-physics
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan Donoso, Alvaro Antonio UL et al

in IFAC-PapersOnLine (2015), 28(1), 645-650

A variety of technical applications are not only the physics of a single domain, but include several physical phenomena, and therefore are referred to as multi-physics. As long as the phenomena being ... [more ▼]

A variety of technical applications are not only the physics of a single domain, but include several physical phenomena, and therefore are referred to as multi-physics. As long as the phenomena being taken into account is either continuous or discrete i.e. Euler or Lagrangian a homogeneous solution concept can be employed. However, numerous challenges in engineering include continuous and discrete phase simultaneously, and therefore cannot be solved only by continuous or discrete approaches. Problems include both a continuous and a discrete phase are important in applications of the pharmaceutical Industry e.g. drug production, agriculture and food processing industry, mining, construction and Agricultural machinery, metal production, power generation and systems biology. The Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) is a novel technique, which provides a significant advance for the coupled discrete and continuous numerical simulation concepts. It expands the dynamics of particles as described by the classical discrete element method (DEM) by a thermodynamic state or stress/strain coupled as fluid flow or structures for each particle in a continuum phase. XDEM additionally estimates properties such as the interior temperature and/or species distribution. These predictive capabilities are extended to fluid flow through an interaction by heat, mass and momentum transfer important for process engineering. © 2015, IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Hosting by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailParaMASK: a Multi-Agent System for the Efficient and Dynamic Adaptation of HPC Workloads
Guzek, Mateusz UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Varrette, Sébastien UL et al

in 14th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT 2014) (2014, December)

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See detailHPC Performance and Energy-Efficiency of the OpenStack Cloud Middleware
Varrette, Sébastien UL; Plugaru, Valentin UL; Guzek, Mateusz UL et al

in Proc. of the 43rd Intl. Conf. on Parallel Processing (ICPP-2014), Heterogeneous and Unconventional Cluster Architectures and Applications Workshop (HUCAA'14) (2014, September)

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See detailXDEM Research on UL HPC platform
Besseron, Xavier UL

Presentation (2014, May 07)

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See detailATIS: Automated Testing of Installed Software. Or so far, How to validate MPI stacks of an HPC cluster?
Besseron, Xavier UL

Presentation (2014, February 01)

Automatic Testing of Installed Software is a testing framework to validate the various flavors of software installed on an HPC site. It is composed of a set of unit tests, a runtime and a result-gathering ... [more ▼]

Automatic Testing of Installed Software is a testing framework to validate the various flavors of software installed on an HPC site. It is composed of a set of unit tests, a runtime and a result-gathering dashboard. These tests are user-oriented as they assess the basic features that a general user expect to work on an HPC platform. Currently, it only focuses on generic MPI functionality as it is one complex and critical component of an HPC platform, but it will be extended to compilers, libraries and performance validation and regression in the future. HPC centers tend to provide a wide choice a software. Different users requires different software, but also different versions of the same software. Combined with the different compilers, MPI stacks, library dependencies, there is an explosion of software flavors installed on an HPC site. Tools already exist to help managing this large variety of software. Users can choose their software through the software list using the 'module' system. Administrators can perform automatic compilation and installation of software using EasyBuild. Additionally, software also require some customizations on some HPC sites. Thus, software flavors need to be validated after installation to check they're working as expected by the users. We developed and provide a set of unit tests together with a runtime and result-gathering framework to perform a such Automatic Testing of Installed Software. These tests take the side of the users in order to test any basic feature that a general user expect to work on an HPC platform. So far, the proposed tests only focus on generic MPI functionality as it is one complex and critical component of an HPC platform. The unit tests include, for example, compilation with mpicc and distributed execution with mpiexec. It has been applied successfully on the HPC platforms of the University of Luxembourg to assess builds of OpenMPI, MPICH, MVAPICH2 and IntelMPI generated with EasyBuild. In the future, we consider extending our unit tests to validate more components like compilers, libraries, toolchains and even applications. Another future direction is to consider performance validation and regression. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Integral Approach to Multi-physics Application for Packed Bed Reactors
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan, A. et al

in 24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, ESCAPE 24 (2014)

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See detailThe extended discrete element method (XDEM) applied to drying of a packed bed
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan Donoso, Alvaro Antonio UL et al

in Industrial Combustion (2014), 14

A vast number of engineering applications involve physics not solely of a single domain but of several physical phenomena, and therefore are referred to as multi-physical. As long as the phenomena ... [more ▼]

A vast number of engineering applications involve physics not solely of a single domain but of several physical phenomena, and therefore are referred to as multi-physical. As long as the phenomena considered are to be treated by either a continuous (i.e. Eulerian) or discrete (i.e. Lagrangian) approach, numerical solution methods may be employed to solve the problem. However, numerous challenges in engineering exist and evolve; those include modelling a continuous and discrete phase simultaneously, which cannot be solved accurately by continuous or discrete approaches only. Problems that involve both a continuous and a discrete phase are important in applications as diverse as the pharmaceutical industry, the food processing industry, mining, construction, agricultural machinery, metals manufacturing, energy production and systems biology. A novel technique referred to as Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) has been developed that offers a significant advancement for coupled discrete and continuous numerical simulation concepts. XDEM extends the dynamics of granular materials or particles as described through the classical discrete element method (DEM) to include additional properties such as the thermodynamic state or stress/strain for each particle coupled to a continuous phase such as a fluid flow or a solid structure. Contrary to a continuum mechanics concept, XDEM aims at resolving the particulate phase through the various processes attached to particles. While DEM predicts the spatial-temporal position and orientation for each particle, XDEM additionally estimates properties such as the internal temperature and/or species distribution during drying, pyrolysis or combustion of solid fuel material such as biomass in a packed bed. These predictive capabilities are further extended by an interaction with fluid flow by heat, mass and momentum transfer and the impact of particles on structures. © International Flame Research Foundation, 2014. [less ▲]

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See detailScale-Resolved Prediction of Pyrolysis in a Packed Bed by the Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM)
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan, A. et al

in The Ninth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology (2014)

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See detailHPC Performance and Energy-Efficiency of Xen, KVM and VMware Hypervisors
Varrette, Sébastien UL; Guzek, Mateusz UL; Plugaru, Valentin UL et al

in Proc. of the 25th Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing (SBAC-PAD 2013) (2013, October)

With a growing concern on the considerable energy consumed by HPC platforms and data centers, research efforts are targeting green approaches with higher energy efficiency. In particular, virtualization ... [more ▼]

With a growing concern on the considerable energy consumed by HPC platforms and data centers, research efforts are targeting green approaches with higher energy efficiency. In particular, virtualization is emerging as the prominent approach to mutualize the energy consumed by a single server running multiple VMs instances. Even today, it remains unclear whether the overhead induced by virtualization and the corresponding hypervisor middleware suits an environment as high-demanding as an HPC platform. In this paper, we analyze from an HPC perspective the three most widespread virtualization frameworks, namely Xen, KVM, and VMware ESXi and compare them with a baseline environment running in native mode. We performed our experiments on the Grid’5000 platform by measuring the results of the reference HPL benchmark. Power measures were also performed in parallel to quantify the potential energy efficiency of the virtualized environments. In general, our study offers novel incentives toward in-house HPC platforms running without any virtualized frameworks. [less ▲]

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See detailUnified Design for Parallel Execution of Coupled Simulations using the Discrete Particle Method
Besseron, Xavier UL; Hoffmann, Florian UL; Michael, Mark UL et al

in Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering (2013)

This paper presents the enhanced design of the Discrete Particle Method (DPM), a simulation tool which provides high quality and fast simulations to solve a broad range industrial processes involving ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the enhanced design of the Discrete Particle Method (DPM), a simulation tool which provides high quality and fast simulations to solve a broad range industrial processes involving granular materials. It enables to resolve mechanical and thermodynamics problems through different simulation modules (motions, chemical conversion). This new design allows to transparently couple the simulation modules in parallel execution. It relies on a unified interface and timebase of the simulation modules and a flexible decomposition in cells of the simulation space. Experimental results study the behavior of the Orthogonal Recursive Bisection (ORB) partitioning algorithm. A good scalability is achieved as the parallel execution on a distributed platform provides a 17-times speedup using 64 processes. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Data-flow analysis in MAS for power-aware HPC runs
Varrette, Sébastien UL; Danoy, Grégoire UL; Guzek, Mateusz UL et al

in Proc. of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPCS'13) (2013)

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See detailDie Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) für multiphysikalische Anwendungen
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan Donoso, Alvaro Antonio UL et al

Scientific Conference (2013)

A vast number of engineering applications include a continuous and discrete phase simultaneously, and therefore, cannot be solved accurately by continuous or discrete approaches only. Problems that ... [more ▼]

A vast number of engineering applications include a continuous and discrete phase simultaneously, and therefore, cannot be solved accurately by continuous or discrete approaches only. Problems that involve both a continuous and a discrete phase are important in applications as diverse as pharmaceutical industry e.g. drug production, agriculture food and processing industry, mining, construction and agricultural machinery, metals manufacturing, energy production and systems biology. <br />A novel technique referred to as Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) is developed, that offers a significant advancement for coupled discrete and continuous numerical simulation concepts. XDEM treats the solid phase representing the particles and the fluidised phase usually a fluid phase or a structure as two distinguished phases that are coupled through heat, mass and momentum transfer. An outstanding feature of the numerical concept is that each particle is treated as an individual entity that is described by its thermodynamic state e.g. temperature and reaction progress and its position and orientation in time and space. The thermodynamic state includes one-dimensional and transient distributions of temperature and species within the particle and therefore, allows a detailed and accurate characterisation of the reaction progress in a fluidised bed. Thus, the proposed methodology provides a high degree of resolution ranging from scales within a particle to the continuum phase as global dimensions. <br />These superior features as compared to traditional and pure continuum mechanics approaches are applied to predict drying of wood particles in a packed bed and impact of particles on a membrane. Pre- heated air streamed through the packed bed, and thus, heated the particles with simultaneous evaporation of moisture. Water vapour is transferred into the gas phase at the surface of the particles and transported to the exit of the reactor. A rather inhomogeneous drying process in the upper part of the reactor with higher temperatures around the circumference of the inner reactor wall was observed. The latter is due to increased porosity in conjunction with higher mass flow rates than in the centre of the reactor, and thus, augmented heat transfer. A comparison of the weight loss over time agreed well with measurements. <br />Under the impact of falling particles the surface of a membrane deforms that conversely affects the motion of particles on the surface. Due to an increasing vertical deformation particles roll or slide down toward the bottom of the recess, where they are collected in a heap. Furthermore, during initial impacts deformation waves are predicted that propagate through the structure, and may, already indicate resonant effects already before a prototype is built. Hence, the Extended Discrete Element Method offers a high degree of resolution avoiding further empirical correlations and extends the knowledge into the underlying physics. Although most of the work load concerning CFD and FEM is arranged in the ANSYS workbench, a complete integration is intended that allows for a smooth workflow of the entire simulation environment. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced Thermal Process Engineering by the Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM)
Peters, Bernhard UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Estupinan Donoso, Alvaro Antonio UL et al

in Universal Journal of Engineering Science (2013), 1

A vast number of engineering applications <br />include a continuous and discrete phase simultaneously, <br />and therefore, cannot be solved accurately by continu- <br />ous or discrete approaches only ... [more ▼]

A vast number of engineering applications <br />include a continuous and discrete phase simultaneously, <br />and therefore, cannot be solved accurately by continu- <br />ous or discrete approaches only. Problems that involve <br />both a continuous and a discrete phase are important <br />in applications as diverse as pharmaceutical industry <br />e.g. drug production, agriculture food and process- <br />ing industry, mining, construction and agricultural <br />machinery, metals manufacturing, energy production <br />and systems biology. A novel technique referred to as <br />Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) is devel- <br />oped, that o ers a signi cant advancement for coupled <br />discrete and continuous numerical simulation concepts. <br />The Extended Discrete Element Method extends the <br />dynamics of granular materials or particles as described <br />through the classical discrete element method (DEM) to <br />additional properties such as the thermodynamic state <br />or stress/strain for each particle coupled to a continuum <br />phase such as <br />uid <br />ow or solid structures. Contrary <br />to a continuum mechanics concept, XDEM aims at <br />resolving the particulate phase through the various <br />processes attached to particles. While DEM predicts <br />the spacial-temporal position and orientation for each <br />particle, XDEM additionally estimates properties such <br />as the internal temperature and/or species distribution. <br />These predictive capabilities are further extended by an <br />interaction to <br />uid <br />ow by heat, mass and momentum <br />transfer and impact of particles on structures. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring and Predicting Hardware Failures in HPC Clusters with FTB-IPMI
Rajachandrasekar, Raghunath; Besseron, Xavier UL; Panda, Dhabaleswar K.

in Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE 26th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops & PhD Forum (2012)

Fault-detection and prediction in HPC clusters and Cloud-computing systems are increasingly challenging issues. Several system middleware such as job schedulers and MPI implementations provide support for ... [more ▼]

Fault-detection and prediction in HPC clusters and Cloud-computing systems are increasingly challenging issues. Several system middleware such as job schedulers and MPI implementations provide support for both reactive and proactive mechanisms to tolerate faults. These techniques rely on external components such as system logs and infrastructure monitors to provide information about hardware/software failure either through detection, or as a prediction. However, these middleware work in isolation, without disseminating the knowledge of faults encountered. In this context, we propose a light-weight multi-threaded service, namely FTB-IPMI, which provides distributed fault-monitoring using the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and coordinated propagation of fault information using the Fault-Tolerance Backplane (FTB). In essence, it serves as a middleman between system hardware and the software stack by translating raw hardware events to structured software events and delivering it to any interested component using a publish-subscribe framework. Fault-predictors and other decision-making engines that rely on distributed failure information can benefit from FTB-IPMI to facilitate proactive fault-tolerance mechanisms such as preemptive job migration. We have developed a fault-prediction engine within MVAPICH2, an RDMA-based MPI implementation, to demonstrate this capability. Failure predictions made by this engine are used to trigger migration of processes from failing nodes to healthy spare nodes, thereby providing resilience to the MPI application. Experimental evaluation clearly indicates that a single instance of FTB-IPMI can scale to several hundreds of nodes with a remarkably low resource-utilization footprint. A deployment of FTB-IPMI that services a cluster with 128 compute-nodes, sweeps the entire cluster and collects IPMI sensor information on CPU temperature, system voltages and fan speeds in about 0.75 seconds. The average CPU utilization of this service running on a single node is 0.35%. [less ▲]

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See detailCRFS: A Lightweight User-Level Filesystem for Generic Checkpoint/Restart
Ouyang, Xiangyong; Rajachandrasekar, Raghunath; Besseron, Xavier UL et al

in 2011 International Conference on Parallel Processing (2011, September)

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See detailCan a Decentralized Metadata Service Layer benefit Parallel Filesystems?
Meshram, Vilobh; Besseron, Xavier UL; Ouyang, Xiangyong et al

in 2011 IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing (2011, September)

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