Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Skjellum, Anthony

Committee Member

Reese, Donna S.

Committee Member

Little, Rainey

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science


The popularity of MPI-based middleware and applications has led to their wide deployment. Such systems, however, are not inherently reliable and cannot tolerate external faults. This thesis presents a novel model-based approach for exploiting application features and other characteristics to categorize and create AEMs (Application Execution Model). This work realizes MPI/FT(tm), a middleware derived by selective incorporation of fault-tolerant features into MPI/Pro(tm) for two relevant AEMs. This thesis proves the following hypothesis: it is possible to successfully complete select MPI applications even in the presence of external faults, and such fault-tolerance can be achieved with acceptable performance overhead. This work defines parameters to measure the impact of this middleware on performance through faultree and fault-injected overheads. The hypothesis is validated through experimentation and measurement of sample MPI applications for two AEMs.