Derek G. Murray, Malte Schwarzkopf, Christopher Smowton, Steven Smith, Anil Madhavapeddy, and Steven Hand
30 March 2011
This paper introduces CIEL, a universal execution engine for distributed data-flow programs. Like previous execution engines, CIEL masks the complexity of distributed programming. Unlike those systems, a CIEL job can make data-dependent control-flow decisions, which enables it to compute iterative and recursive algorithms.
We have also developed Skywriting, a Turing-complete scripting language that runs directly on CIEL. The execution engine provides transparent fault tolerance and distribution to Skywriting scripts and high-performance code written in other programming languages. We have deployed CIEL on a cloud computing platform, and demonstrate that it achieves scalable performance for both iterative and non-iterative algorithms.
In Proceedings of NSDI 2011