Software environments for cluster-based display systems

Yuqun Chen, Han Chen, Douglas W. Clark, Zhiyan Liu, Grant Wallace, Kai Li

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Abstract

An inexpensive way to construct a scalable display wall system is to use a cluster of PCs with commodity graphics accelerators to drive an array of projectors. A challenge is to bring off-the-shelf sequential applications to run on such a display wall efficiently without using expensive, high-performance interconnects. We study two execution models for a scalable display wall system: master-slave and synchronized execution models. We have designed and implemented four software tools, two for each execution model, including VDD (Virtual Display Driver), GLP (GL-DLL Replacement), SSE (System-level Synchronized Execution), and ASE (Application-level Synchronized Execution). In order to support the synchronized execution model, we have also designed a broadcast, speculative file cache to provide scalable I/O performance. We report our experimental results with several 3D applications on the display wall to understand the performance implications and tradeoffs of these methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1st IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, CCGrid 2001
Pages202-210
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Event1st IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, CCGrid 2001 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: May 15 2001May 18 2001

Publication series

NameProceedings - 1st IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, CCGrid 2001

Other

Other1st IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, CCGrid 2001
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period5/15/015/18/01

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Chen, Y., Chen, H., Clark, D. W., Liu, Z., Wallace, G., & Li, K. (2001). Software environments for cluster-based display systems. In Proceedings - 1st IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, CCGrid 2001 (pp. 202-210). [923194] (Proceedings - 1st IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, CCGrid 2001). https://doi.org/10.1109/CCGRID.2001.923194