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Decentralized QoS-Aware Checkpointing Arrangement in Mobile Grid Computing

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2 Author(s)
Darby, P.J. ; Center for Adv. Comput. Studies, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA ; Nian-Feng Tzeng

This paper deals with decentralized, QoS-aware middleware for checkpointing arrangement in Mobile Grid (MoG) computing systems. Checkpointing is more crucial in MoG systems than in their conventional wired counterparts due to host mobility, dynamicity, less reliable wireless links, frequent disconnections, and variations in mobile systems. We've determined the globally optimal checkpoint arrangement to be NP-complete and so consider Reliability Driven (ReD) middleware, employing decentralized QoS-aware heuristics, to construct superior checkpointing arrangements efficiently. With ReD, an MH (mobile host) simply sends its checkpointed data to one selected neighboring MH, and also serves as a stable point of storage for checkpointed data received from a single approved neighboring MH. ReD works to maximize the probability of checkpointed data recovery during job execution, increasing the likelihood that a distributed application, executed on the MoG, completes without sustaining an unrecoverable failure. It allows collaborative services to be offered practically and autonomously by the MoG. Simulations and actual testbed implementation show ReD's favorable recovery probabilities with respect to Random Checkpointing Arrangement (RCA) middleware, a QoS-blind comparison protocol producing random arbitrary checkpointing arrangements.

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Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 8 )