Active Nodal Task Seeking for High-Performance, Ultra-Dependable Computing
Semiannual rept. 15 Jan-15 Jul 1994
RHODE ISLAND UNIV KINGSTON
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The Active Nodal Task SeekingANTS approach to the design of multicomputer systems is named for its basic component an Active Nodal Task- SeekerANT. In this system, there is no load balancing or load sharing, instead, each ANT computing node is actively finding out how it can contribute to the execution of the needed tasks. A run-time partition is established such that some of the ANT computing nodes are under exhaustive diagnosis at any given time. An ANTs multicomputer system can achieve a mean time to failure of more than 20 years with just 8 computing nodes and 3 buses, while the minimum requirements are 3 computing nodes and 1 bus, and with a worst case computing node failure rate of 5 x 0.0001 per hour. This work has been motivated by the need to develop high-performance multicomputer systems for radar, active and passive sonar, and electronic warfare that can provide ultra-dependable performance for more than 20 years without field repairs. We argue that high performance is also an attribute of an ANTS computing system, because the overhead of dynamic task scheduling is reduced and because efficient use is made of the available processing resources.
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