1st International ICST Workshop on Metrology for Grid Networks

Research Article

Toward an Experiment Engine for Lightweight Grids

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/gridnets.2007.2245,
        author={Brice Videau and Corinne Touati and Olivier Richard},
        title={Toward an Experiment Engine for Lightweight Grids},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Metrology for Grid Networks},
        keywords={Experiment methodology experiment framework lightweight grid performance study},
  • Brice Videau
    Corinne Touati
    Olivier Richard
    Year: 2007
    Toward an Experiment Engine for Lightweight Grids
    DOI: 10.4108/gridnets.2007.2245
Brice Videau1,*, Corinne Touati1,*, Olivier Richard1,*
  • 1: Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble (LIG) - INRIA, MESCAL Project ZIRST 51, av. J. Kuntzmann, 38330 Montbonnot St Martin
*Contact email: brice.videau@imag.fr, corinne.touati@imag.fr, olivier.richard@imag.fr


This paper presents a case study conducted on the Grid’5000 platform, a lightweight grid. The goal was to make a rather simple experiment, and study how difficult it was to carry out correctly. This means it had to be correct, reproducible and efficient. The paper shows that despite the precautions taken, many parameters that could have an effect on the result were at first overlooked. It also shows that benchmarking plays a key role on making an experiment correct and reproducible. The process is in the end extremely tedious, and stresses the need for new tools to help users. The contribution of this work is to present a methodology to get correct results on grid architecture, to identify relevant problems and to propose an infrastructure that answers part of the problems encountered during experiments. Additionally, pieces of this infrastructure have been built and are also presented.