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Computers of a non-dedicated cluster are often idle (users attend meetings, have lunch or coffee breaks) or lightly loaded (users carry out simple computations). These underutilized computers can be employed to execute parallel applications not only during weekends and at nights but also during office hours. Thus, they have to be shared by parallel and sequential applications which could lead to the improvement of their execution performance. However, there is a lack of experimental study showing the behavior and performance of parallel and sequential applications executing concurrently on clusters. We present here the result of an experimental study into load balancing based scheduling of a mixture of parallel and sequential applications on a non-dedicated cluster.
Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2005. Proceedings. 11th International Conference on (Volume:1 )
Date of Conference: 20-22 July 2005