Seminar: SimGrid, Versatile Simulation of Distributed Systems

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In most scientific domains, results are now obtained thanks to computational science that heavily relies on numerical simulations. This in turn leads to an tremendous increase in size and complexity of the needed computing infrastructures. The performance assessment of such distributed systems and the applications they run is then a complex task for which various approaches can be considered. This talk will give a general overview of these approaches for the performance assessment of distributed systems and applications: experimentation, emulation, and simulation. It will specifically focus on the main features and strengths of the SimGrid toolkit. SimGrid is a 15 year old research project whose scope has been broaden over the years from the simulation of computing grids to P2P systems, clouds, and HPC. It will introduce the different programming APIs, the underlying validated network models, and give some scalability results in various applicative domains. [Webcast]

Frédéric Suter, Ph.D. (CNRS, IN2P3, France)

Frédéric Suter is a CNRS junior researcher at the IN2P3 Computing Center in Lyon, France, since October 2008 where he leads the research team of the center. He is also member of the Avalon Inria team since January 2012. His research interests include scheduling, Grid computing and platform and application simulation. He co-authored 37 publications including 9 journal articles and book chapters. He obtained his M.S. from the Université Jules Verne, Amiens, France, in 1999, his Ph.D. from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, in 2002 and his Habilitation to supervise research From the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2014. He is also one of the main developers of the SimGrid project.