Supporting Experimental Computer Science

Frédéric Desprez 1 Geoffrey Fox 2 Emmanuel Jeannot 3 Kate Keahey 4 Michael Kozuch 5 David Margery 6 Pierre Neyron 7, 8, * Lucas Nussbaum 9 Christian Pérez 1 Olivier Richard 7, 10, * Warren Smith 11 Gregor Von Laszewski 2 Jens Vöckler 12
* Corresponding author
1 AVALON - Algorithms and Software Architectures for Distributed and HPC Platforms
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LIP - Laboratoire de l'Informatique du Parallélisme
3 RUNTIME - Efficient runtime systems for parallel architectures
Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, UB - Université de Bordeaux, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR5800
6 MYRIADS - Design and Implementation of Autonomous Distributed Systems
IRISA-D1 - SYSTÈMES LARGE ÉCHELLE, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
8 MOAIS - PrograMming and scheduling design fOr Applications in Interactive Simulation
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LIG - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble
9 ALGORILLE - Algorithms for the Grid
Inria Nancy - Grand Est, LORIA - NSS - Department of Networks, Systems and Services
10 MESCAL - Middleware efficiently scalable
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LIG - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble
Abstract : The ability to conduct consistent, controlled, and repeatable large-scale experiments in all areas of computer science related to parallel, large-scale, or distributed computing and networking is critical to the future and development of computer science. Yet conducting such experiments is still too often a challenge for researchers, students, and practitioners because of the unavailability of dedicated resources, inability to create controlled experimental conditions, and variability in software. Availability, repeatability, and open sharing of electronic products are all still difficult to achieve. To discuss those challenges and share experiences in their solution, the Workshop on Experimental Support for Computer Science brought together scientists involved in building and operating infrastructures dedicated to sup- porting computer science experiments to discuss challenges and solutions in this space. The workshop was held in November 2011 and was collocated with the SC11 conference in Seattle, Washington. Our objec- tives were to share experiences and knowledge related to supporting large-scale experiments conducted on experimental infrastructures, understand user requirements, and discuss methodologies and opportunities created by emerging technologies. This report ties together the workshop presentations and discussion and the consensus that emerged on the state of the field and directions for moving forward.
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Frédéric Desprez, Geoffrey Fox, Emmanuel Jeannot, Kate Keahey, Michael Kozuch, et al.. Supporting Experimental Computer Science. [Research Report] RR-8035, INRIA. 2012, pp.29. ⟨hal-00722605⟩

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