Advancing throughput of HEP analysis work-flows using caching concepts
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
2 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
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Published online: 17 September 2019
High throughput and short turnaround cycles are core requirements for efficient processing of data-intense end-user analyses in High Energy Physics (HEP). Together with the tremendously increasing amount of data to be processed, this leads to enormous challenges for HEP storage systems, networks and the data distribution to computing resources for end-user analyses. Bringing data close to the computing resource is a very promising approach to solve throughput limitations and improve the overall performance. However, achieving data locality by placing multiple conventional caches inside a distributed computing infrastructure leads to redundant data placement and inefficient usage of the limited cache volume. The solution is a coordinated placement of critical data on computing resources, which enables matching each process of an analysis work-flow to its most suitable worker node in terms of data locality and, thus, reduces the overall processing time. This coordinated distributed caching concept was realized at KIT by developing the coordination service NaviX that connects an XRootD cache proxy infrastructure with an HTCondor batch system. We give an overview about the coordinated distributed caching concept and experiences collected on prototype system based on NaviX.
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