Interactive Launch of 16,000 Microsoft Windows Instances on a Supercomputer

Michael Jones, Jeremy Kepner, Bradley Orchard, Albert Reuther, William Arcand, David Bestor, Bill Bergeron, Chansup Byun, Vijay Gadepally, Michael Houle, Matthew Hubbell, Anna Klein, Lauren Milechin, Julia Mullen, Andrew Prout, Antonio Rosa, Siddharth Samsi, Charles Yee, Peter Michaleas

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Abstract

Simulation, machine learning, and data analysis require a wide range of software which can be dependent upon specific operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows. Running this software interactively on massively parallel supercomputers can present many challenges. Traditional methods of scaling Microsoft Windows applications to run on thousands of processors have typically relied on heavyweight virtual machines that can be inefficient and slow to launch on modern manycore processors. This paper describes a unique approach using the Lincoln Laboratory LLMapReduce technology in combination with the Wine Windows compatibility layer to rapidly and simultaneously launch and run Microsoft Windows applications on thousands of cores on a supercomputer. Specifically, this work demonstrates launching 16,000 Microsoft Windows applications in 5 minutes running on 16,000 processor cores. This capability significantly broadens the range of applications that can be run at large scale on a supercomputer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538659892
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2018 - Waltham, United States
Duration: Sep 25 2018Sep 27 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference, HPEC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaltham
Period09/25/1809/27/18

Keywords

  • High Performance Computing
  • Knight's Landing
  • Manycore
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Windows Emulation
  • Wine

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