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JuxMem: Juxtaposed Memory
 

JuxMem: Juxtaposed Memory

Latest news

  • 23th April 2007: JuxMem-C 0.4 Released, more information about it here !
  • 21th March 2007: A wiki has been set up to gather documentations and tutorials about JuxMem-C, it is available here.
  • 10th March 2006: Mathieu Jan won the best presentation award (an iPod nano) at the user feedback sessions of the Grid'5000 school held in Grenoble. The slides are available here.
  • The latest news about JuxMem releases are here.

Motivations and Goals

Data management in very large-scale grids has not yet received sufficient attention from the Grid Community so far. We think that this aspect will be the next challenge to be tackled for the development of large-scale computing infrastructures. Our goal is to propose a data-sharing service providing transparent access to a globally shared address space in a large-scale distributed environment. Such a system is very similar to a distributed shared memory system: it is responsible for the memory allocation, for data localisation and replication. These issues, which have been extensively studied in the context of cluster computing, need to be revisited to take into account the specificities of a large-scale, highly distributed architecture: highly dynamic network composition and topology, heterogeneity, hierarchical architecture, etc.

We think peer-to-peer architectures illustrate well the key features of environments for handling large-scale distributed data on highly dynamic architectures. However, most recent efforts in this field have focused on file sharing, i.e. read-only data sharing.

We make a step forward and propose a peer-to-peer memory sharing service allowing peers to share modifiable memory data, not only read-only files. The main challenge is to correctly handle data consistency in a highly dynamic environment. We claim that both DSM systems and P2P systems can serve as major sources of inspiration for the design of a hybrid system, with intermediate hypotheses and properties. We propose the concept of data sharing service for grid computing, as a compromise between DSM systems and P2P systems. The main contribution of such a service is to decouple data management from grid computation, by providing location transparency as well as data persistence in a dynamic environment. To illustrate the proposed concept and validate its feasibility, we have implemented a software prototype: the JuxMem (Juxtaposed Memory) platform. JuxMem relies on the generic peer-to-peer service infrastructure provided by the JXTA environment.

Ongoing research activities related to JuxMem

If you are interested in current research activities related to JuxMem, check the following page.

Using JuxMem: the GDS project

GDS is a project of the French ACI MD. Its main goal is to specify, design, implement and evaluate a data sharing service for mutable data and integrate it into the DIET ASP environment developed by the GRAAL team of LIP (Lyon). This service will be built using the generic JuxMem platform for peer-to-peer data management. The platform will serve to implement and compare multiple replication and data consistency strategies defined together by the PARIS team of IRISA, Rennes) and by the REGAL team of LIP6. (Paris).

Why JXTA?

JXTA provides an attractive generic infrastructure allowing to rapidly define and implement custom peer-to-peer services. It also provides support for the basic peer-to-peer mechanisms: peer and peer group management, peer-to-peer communication, while allowing the user to focus on the specifics of the service implementation.