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In this paper, we argue the need for effective resource management mechanisms for sharing resources in commodity clusters. To address this issue, we present the design of Sharc-a system that enables resource sharing among applications in such clusters. Sharc depends on single node resource management mechanisms such as reservations or shares, and extends the benefits of such mechanisms to clustered environments. We present techniques for managing two important resources-CPU and networkdoi:10.1109/tpds.2004.1264781 fatcat:4t5tucgyozbh7pny4u52pf2yeu