An agent-based infrastructure for parallel Java on heterogeneous clusters

J. Ai-Jaroodi, N. Mohamed, H. Jiang, D. Swanson

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In this paper, we introduce an agent-based infrastructure that provides software services and functions for developing and deploying high performance programming models and applications on clusters. A Java-based prototype, based on this architecture, has been developed. Since this system is written completely in Java, it is portable and allows executing programs in parallel across multiple heterogeneous platforms. With the agent-based infrastructure, users need not deal with the mechanisms of deploying and loading user classes on the heterogeneous cluster. Moreover, details of scheduling, controlling, monitoring, and executing user jobs are hidden. In addition, the management of system resources is made transparent to the user. Such uniform services, when rendered available in a ubiquitous manner, are essential for facilitating the development and deployment of scalable high performance Java applications on clusters. An initial deployment over a heterogeneous, distributed cluster results in significantly enhanced performance; absolute performance compared to C (MPI) improves with increased granularity of the algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1137724
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing, ICCC
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Application software
  • Clustering algorithms
  • Computer architecture
  • Functional programming
  • Java
  • Monitoring
  • Prototypes
  • Resource management
  • Software performance
  • Software prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing


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