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Workload redistribution for fault-tolerance in a hard real-time distributed computing system

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4 Author(s)
Balaji, S. ; ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, India ; Jenkins, L. ; Patnaik, L.M. ; Goel, P.S.

In a hard real-time distributed computing system (HRTDCS), all the tasks are required to meet their associated deadlines; a task not meeting its deadline leads to a catastrophic failure of the system. The authors consider an HRTDCS that executes both periodic and aperiodic tasks associated with timing, precedence, and resource constraints. The fault-tolerance capability in such a system is achieved through the use of time redundancy. The problem of workload redistribution for fault tolerance in an HRTDCS is studied. A graph model to represent the system workload is developed. Three performance measures for the analysis of an HRTDCS are defined. A nonpreemptive scheduling algorithm is proposed to distribute the workload of the operational nodes of the HRTDCS in the presence of both hardware and task failures. This task allocation strategy is applied to a practical system, namely, the HRTDCS onboard a spacecraft. The performance measures obtained for a typical system workload indicate that the algorithm is quite suitable for an HRTDCS with regard to uniform workload distribution.<>

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Fault-Tolerant Computing, 1989. FTCS-19. Digest of Papers., Nineteenth International Symposium on

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21-23 June 1989

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