Avida Checkpoint/Restart Implementation

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Amit Jain


As high performance computing centers (HPCC) continue to grow in popularity, issues of resource management and reliability are becoming limiting factors in scheduling long-running jobs. One of the factors is time. Efficacy of Avida, the platform of research for digital evolution, is limited by the allocated time available on HPCC. Saving the state of the software at a point and restarting the execution from the paused state will allow for better resource utilization, as well as help reduce restrictions that constrains the potential of the software. This research examined whether or not Berkeley Lab Checkpoint/Restart (BLCR) can be integrated with the run script that is used for Avida. Adding checkpoint/restart functionality to Avida will have multiple impacts on effectiveness of the software and future research.

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