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Torus-based networks are prevalent on leadership-class petascale systems, providing a good balance between network cost and performance. The major disadvantage of this network architecture is its susceptibility to fragmentation. Many studies have attempted to reduce resource fragmentation in this architecture. Although the approaches suggested can make good allocation decisions reducing fragmentation at job start time, none of them considers a job’s walltime, which can cause resource fragmentation when neighboring jobs do not complete closely. In this paper, we propose a walltime-aware job allocation strategy, which adjacently packs jobs that ?nish around the same time, in order to minimize resource fragmentation caused by job length, discrepancy. Event-driven simulations using real job traces from a production Blue Gene/P system at Argonne National Laboratory demonstrate that our walltime-aware strategy can effectively reduce system fragmentation and improve overall system performance.

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