Metadata ranking and pruning for failure detection in grids
SourceParallel Processing Letters
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The objective of Grid computing is to make processing power as accessible and easy to use as electricity and water. The last decade has seen an unprecedented growth in Grid infrastructures which nowadays enables large-scale deployment of applications in the scientific computation domain. One of the main challenges in realizing the full potential of Grids is making these systems dependable. In this paper we present FailRank, a novel framework for integrating and ranking information sources that characterize failures in a grid system. After the failing sites have been ranked, these can be eliminated from the job scheduling resource pool yielding in that way a more predictable, dependable and adaptive infrastructure. We also present the tools we developed towards evaluating the FailRank framework. In particular, we present the FailBase Repository which is a 38GB corpus of state information that characterizes the EGEE Grid for one month in 2007. Such a corpus paves the way for the community to systematically uncover new, previously unknown patterns and rules between the multitudes of parameters that can contribute to failures in a Grid environment. Additionally, we present an experimental evaluation study of the FailRank system over 30 days which shows that our framework identifies failures in 93% of the cases and can achieve this by only fetching 65% of the available information sources. We believe that our work constitutes another important step towards realizing adaptive Grid computing systems. © 2008 World Scientific Publishing Company.