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A detailed analysis of random polling dynamic load balancing

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1 Author(s)
Sanders, P. ; LS Inf. fur Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler, Karlsruhe Univ., Germany

Dynamic load balancing is crucial for the performance of many parallel algorithms. Random polling, a simple randomized load balancing algorithm, has proved to be very efficient in practice for applications like parallel depth first search. This paper presents a detailed analysis of the algorithm taking into account many aspects of the underlying machine and the application to be load balanced. It derives tight scalability bounds which are for the first time able to explain the superior performance of random polling analytically. In some cases, the algorithm even turns out to be optimal. Some of the proof-techniques employed might also be useful for the analysis of other parallel algorithms

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Parallel Architectures, Algorithms and Networks, 1994. (ISPAN), International Symposium on

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14-16 Dec 1994

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