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Dynamic remapping of parallel computations with varying resource demands

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2 Author(s)
Nicol, D.M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Coll. of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA ; Saltz, J.H.

The issue of deciding when to invoke a global load remapping mechanism is studied. Such a decision policy must effectively weigh the costs of remapping against the performance benefits, and should be general enough to apply automatically to a wide range of computations. The authors propose a general mapping decision heuristic, then study its effectiveness and its anticipated behavior on two very different models of load evolution. Assuming only that the remapping cost is known, this policy dynamically minimizes system degradation (including the cost of remapping) for each computation step. This policy is quite simple, choosing to remap when the first local minimum in the degradation function is detected. Simulations show that the decision obtained provides significantly better performance than that achieved by never remapping. The authors also observe that the average intermapping frequency is quite close to the optimal fixed remapping frequency

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 9 )