Archer: A Community Distributed Computing Infrastructure for Computer Architecture Research and Education

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Figueiredo, Renato
Boykin, P. Oscar
Fortes, Jose A. B.
Li, Tao
Peir, Jie-Kwon
Wolinsky, David
John, Lizy
Kaeli, David
Lilja, David
McKee, Sally
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This paper introduces Archer, a community-based computing resource for computer architecture research and education. The Archer infrastructure integrates virtualization and batch scheduling middleware to deliver high-throughput computing resources aggregated from resources distributed across wide-area networks and owned by different participating entities in a seamless manner. The paper discusses the motivations leading to the design of Archer, describes its core middleware components, and presents an analysis of the functionality and performance of a prototype wide-area deployment running a representative computer architecture simulation workload.
Comment: 11 pages, 2 figures. Describes the Archer project, http://archer-project.org
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Computer Science - Hardware Architecture, C.0, I.6.3, C.2.4
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