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Scheduling stochastic workloads is a difficult task. In order to design efficient scheduling algorithms for such workloads, it is required to have a good in-depth knowledge of basic random scheduling strategies. This paper analyzes the distribution of sequential jobs and the system behavior in heterogeneous computational grid environments where the brokering is done in such a way that each computing element has a probability to be chosen proportional to its number of CPUs and (new from the previous paper) its relative speed. We provide the asymptotic behavior for several metrics (queue-sizes, slowdowns, etc.) or, in some cases, an approximation of this behavior. We study these metrics for a variety of workload configurations (load, distribution, etc.). We compare our probabilistic analysis to simulations in order to validate our results. These results provide a good understanding of the system behavior for each metric proposed. This enables us to design advanced and efficient algorithms for more complex cases.
Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:17 , Issue: 2 )
Date of Publication: Feb. 2006