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On the Execution of Large Batch Programs in Unreliable Computing Systems

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2 Author(s)
Leung, Clement H.C. ; Department of Computer Science, University College, London University, London WC1E 6BT, England. ; Choo, Qui Hoon

The execution of long-running batch programs imposes severe reliability constraints on a computing system since the occurrence of a failure during its execution is more likely and that once occurred, a failure would destroy all the processing perfonned thus far. This paper studies the execution delay and machine resources consumed in supporting the running of large batch programs in a computing environment interrupted by failures. The effect of checkpoints and their optimal insertion are also considered. The results are applicable to arbitrary law of failure.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-10 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

July 1984

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