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Finding idle machines in a workstation-based distributed system

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2 Author(s)
Theimer, M.M. ; Xerox Palo Alto Res. Center, CA, USA ; Lantz, K.A.

The authors describe the design and performance of scheduling facilities for finding idle hosts in a workstation-based distributed system. They focus on the tradeoffs between centralized and decentralized architectures with respect to scalability, fault tolerance, and simplicity of design, as well as several implementation issues of interest when multicast communication is used. They conclude that the principal tradeoff between the two approaches is that a centralized architecture can be scaled to a significantly greater degree and can more easily monitor global system statistics whereas a decentralized architecture is simpler to implement

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 11 )