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Authors:Cosimo Anglano
Massimo Canonico
Scientific Area:Distributed Systems
Title:Knowledge-Free Scheduling Algorithms for Multiple Bag-of-Task Applications on Desktop Grids
Published on:TR-INF-2009-02-01-UNIPMN
Publisher:Computer Science Department, UPO
Year:2009
URL:http://www.di.unipmn.it...R-INF-2009-02-01-UNIPMN.pdf
Abstract:Desktop Grids have the potential to provide an effective, low-cost solution to the computing needs of a variety of distributed applications consisting in a set of independent tasks. However, such a potential can be exploited in practice only if suitable scheduling strategies are employed. In this paper we propose a set of emph{knowledge-free} scheduling algorithms (that is, they do not require any information concerning either resource status or application characteristics) that are able to effectively schedule a set of competing applications simultaneously submitted to a Desktop Grid, unlike previous solutions that are able to deal only with a single application at a time. We study, via simulation, the performance of these strategies, as well as their ability of efficiently using the available resources, for a wide range of Desktop Grid configurations (ranging from Volunteer Computing systems to Enterprise Desktop Grids) and application workloads. Our results show that the scheduling algorithms we propose outperform naive alternative like FCFS (the emph{de facto} standard for Desktop Grids) both in terms of application performance and efficient resource usage. Furthermore, these results enable us to identify which one of the proposed algorithms should be used for a given combination of Desktop Grid configuration and application workload.