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MS IO Balancer

As the number of jobs on a node or cluster increases it becomes more difficult to predict the IO requirements of any specific workload. Complicating this issue even further is the challenge of managing the IO usage of these workloads to both local as well as shared network based file systems. As an application goes over its fair share of IO resources it will begin to impact other jobs on the same node. In the case of a shared network file system; this behavior could impact all jobs on the entire cluster. In a worst case scenario a group of applications could easily overwhelm a shared network filesystem causing downtime and a significant loss of time and money.

Up until now there has never been a way to accurately manage and prevent this behavior. Common monitoring tools may allow the monitoring of a specific machine or filesystem, but they lack the resolution to accurately identify the specific job causing the problem. With current tools you may be able to see the problem but your hands are tied to actually do something about it. With MicroScheduler IO Balancer you can not only identify the application causing the problem but also manage its IO usage at the core and node level for both IOPS and bandwidth. MicroScheduler IO Balancer’s throttling capability is proactive not reactive and will prevent a specific application from utilizing more than its fair share of IO resources before it even occurs. Additionally if MicroScheduler detects additional IO resource headroom it will allow an application to access these resources while ensuring that those resources can be reclaimed by another application at a moments notice.