Kevin Pouget / Latest news from Kevin Pouget PieCrust 3.3.0 Recording SPICE Adaptive Streaming /spice_recording/ Senior software engineer,
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talk Presentation 2020-04-14T00:00:00+02:00 /spice_recording/

Focused version

Today, I recorded a video clip presenting my work on SPICE Adaptive Streaming (based on my last talk in Grenoble).

More demos about the SPICE project are available on the spice-space.org website.

As part of the SPICE Adaptive Streaming project, we developed a toolbox for studying the performance of real-time video streaming. The toolbox consists in:

(1) a recording infrastructure that collects performance indicators in the guest/host/client systems,

(2) a scripted benchmarking engine that controls the systems’ configuration and the video encoding settings, and benchmarks each set of parameters one by one, and

(3) a graph visualization GUI that plots the benchmarks results and allows studying the impact of each parameter variations.

In the current step, we are working on a mathematical modelisation of the resource usage (CPU, GPU, etc.)

SPICE Adaptive Streaming @ Grenoble Python User Group /meetup-grenoble/ Senior software engineer,
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talk Presentation 2020-02-18T00:00:00+01:00 /meetup-grenoble/

Grenoble Python User Group

This evening, I will present the work I’m currently doing as part of Red Hat SPICE team on the performance measurement and analysis of real-time video streaming, at the Grenoble Python User Group meeting.

Working on SPICE at RedHat /redhat/ Senior software engineer,
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2019-06-03T00:00:00+02:00 /redhat/

Since June 3rd, 2019, I joined RedHat SPICE team, working remotely from my place in Grenoble area, France.

With team mates spread all over Italy, UK, Poland, Israel, Brazil and the US, I will work on SPICE, RedHat solution for remote virtual desktop: you run virtual machines in a powerful server, and you access them transparently over the LAN or Internet network.

SPICE offers features such as:

  • USB redirection (plug your mouse/keyboard/USB stick in your computer, and it shows up as plugged in the VM),
  • file drag-and-drop, to seamlessly transfer files from your computer to the VM, as well as shared directories,
  • shared clipboard for transparent copy-and-paste

Happy to join RedHat

ExaNode/ExaNeSt @ eXdci'18 ExascaleHPC workshop /hipeac-valencia/ Senior software engineer,
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Senior software engineer,
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talk Presentation 2019-01-21T00:00:00+01:00 /hipeac-valencia/

HiPEAC conference workshop

Today, my colleage Alvise Rigo is at Valencia, Spain, at the the HiPEAC conference to present our work on virtualisation at the EuroExaScale joint-Workshop between ExaNoDe, ExaNeSt, ECOSCALE and EuroEXA projects.

The talk is entitled:

OpenCL Accelerator Para-Virtualization

It presents the work I led on OpenCL software API Remoting.

VOSYS September Newsletter /newsletter-18-09/ Senior software engineer,
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newsletter virtualization 2018-09-01T00:00:00+02:00 /newsletter-18-09/

Virtual Open Systems September newsletter was published today, with two articles about my work:

Mixed-critical virtualization: VOSySmcs, mixed-criticality graphic support

VOSySmcs consists of a full fledged software stack to support a modern generation of car virtual cockpit where the In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system and the Instrument Digital Cluster are consolidated and interact on a single platform. Indeed, traditional gauges and lamps are replaced by digital screens offering opportunities for new functions and interactivity. Vehicle information, entertainment, navigation, camera/video and device connectivity are being combined into displays. However, this different information does not have the same level of criticality and the consolidation of mixed-critical applications represent a real challenge.

In this context, VOSySmcs includes a mixed-criticality graphic support that enables the integration of safety-critical and non-critical information on a single display, while providing rendering guarantees for the safety-critical output. In addition, VOSySmcs supports GPU virtualization in order to provide hardware acceleration capacity for the Virtual Machines running in the non-critical partition such as Linux, Android, etc.

VosysMCS

Computation acceleration: OpenCL inside VMs and containers

As part of the ExaNoDe H2020 research project, Virtual Open Systems develops a software API remoting solution for OpenCL. OpenCL is an open standard maintained by the Khronos Group, used for offloading computation tasks into accelerators, such as GPUs and FPGAs.

Software API remoting is a para-virtualization technique that allows accessing a host native library from the inside of a virtual machines. It operates by intercepting API function calls from the application in the guest system, and forwarding them to a helper process on the host through the use of shared memory pages. API remoting for containers can be achieved similarly, by replacing the host-to-VM communication layer (based on Virtio) with Linux inter-process communication mechanisms.

To comply with the high performance requirements of OpenCL usage, it is important to reduce as much as possible the overhead of the API remoting layer. Hence, the work has focused on passing the data buffers (that may account for several gigabytes of memory) with zero copies, that to guest physical pages lookup and remapping.

OpenCL

KVM Live and Incremental Checkpointing @ Compas'18 /compas-poster/ Senior software engineer,
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intro Poster 2018-07-04T00:00:00+02:00 /compas-poster/

The 4th of July, I was in Toulouse, France, to present a poster of our ExaNoDe work on VM live and incremental checkpointing, at the French COMPAS conference on parallelism, archictures and systems.

Poster

GPU virtualization solutions for HPC @ Compas'18 /compas-tlse/ Senior software engineer,
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intro Presentation 2018-07-04T00:00:00+02:00 /compas-tlse/

Compas

The 4th of July, I was in Toulouse, France, to present our work on GPU virtualization solution for HPC, at the French COMPAS conference on parallelism, archictures and systems. The presentation was about OpenCL accelerator API remoting for HPC computin, and GPU hardware-assisted pass-through. The poster was about virtual machine live and incremental checkpointing.

OpenCL API Remoting and Qemu live and incremental checkpointing is part of our ExaNoDe activities.

GPU virtualization solutions for HPC

Kevin Pouget, Alvise Rigo, Daniel Raho (Virtual Open Systems)

  • OpenCL API Remoting
  • GPU Hardware-Assisted Pass-through
ExaNode/ExaNeSt @ eXdci'18 ExascaleHPC workshop /exdci/ Senior software engineer,
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Senior software engineer,
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talk Presentation 2018-05-31T00:00:00+02:00 /exdci/

eXdci

Today, my colleage Radoslav Dimitrov is at Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the eXdci European HPC Summit Week to present our work on virtualisation at the second ExascaleHPC joint-Workshop between ExaNoDe, ExaNeSt, ECOSCALE and EuroEXA projects.

The talk is entitled:

Virtualization technologies in modern HPC systems

It presents two aspects of our virtualization work:

  • Software switches
  • API Remoting in OpenCL and MPI
VOSYS March Newsletter /newsletter-18-03/ Senior software engineer,
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newsletter virtualization 2018-03-01T00:00:00+01:00 /newsletter-18-03/

Virtual Open Systems March newsletter was published today, with an article about my work:

Checkpointing for HPC: High performance live checkpointing

At the 2018 HiPEAC ExascaleHPC workshop organized in the context of the ExaNoDe EC project, Virtual Open Systems has presented the progress of its implementation of live and incremental checkpointing, for Qemu-KVM.

The live aspect of this work reduce the virtual machine (VM) downtime to a few milliseconds, while the RAM is copied to disk in background; and the incremental aspect allows to checkpoint only the pages actually modified since the previous checkpoint. Periodic virtual machine checkpointing improves the reliability of HPC and cloud-computing environments, as it prevents the loss of volatile data in case of hardware failure. The live aspect makes it virtually transparent for the user, whose VM keeps running unaltered during the checkpointing. The incremental aspect further reduces the checkpoint impact on the system, as only part of the RAM is saved, and also reduces the footprint of the checkpoints on the disk.

The challenges behind both aspects of the checkpointing are related to the tracking and handling of the memory pages being modified by the guest system. Virtual Open Systems developed a novel approach to track these changes in Qemu, which guarantees the consistency of every checkpoint, regardless the activity of the guest system.

Qemu checkpointing

ExaNode/ExaNeSt @ HiPEAC'17 ExascaleHPC workshop /exanode_hipeac/ Senior software engineer,
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intro Presentation 2018-01-28T00:00:00+01:00 /exanode_hipeac/

HiPEAC

The 28th of January, I was in Manchester, UK, to present our work in ExaNoDe and ExaNeSt projects at the ExascaleHPC workshop of the HiPEAC conference.

Virtualization for HPC in the ExaNoDe/ExaNeSt projects

K Pouget, A. Mouzakitis, R. Dimitrov, A. Rigo, D. Raho (Virtual Open Systems)

  • Live and Incremental Checkpointing
  • Unimem RDMA Para-Virtualization

Kevin at HiPEAC