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Task scheduling in distributed computing systems with a genetic algorithm

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4 Author(s)
Sung-Ho Woo ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Yonsei Univ., Seoul, South Korea ; Sung-Bong Yang ; Shin-Dug Kim ; Tack-Don Han

Scheduling a directed acyclic graph (DAG) which represents the precedence relations of the tasks of a parallel program in a distributed computing system (DCS) is known as an NP-complete problem except for some special cases. Many heuristic-based methods have been proposed under various models and assumptions. A DCS can be classified in two types according to the characteristics of the processors on a network: a distributed homogeneous system (DHOS) and a distributed heterogeneous system (DHES). The paper defines a general model for a DHOS and a DHES and presents a genetic algorithm (GA) to solve the task scheduling problem in the defined DCS. The performance of the proposed GA is compared with the list scheduling algorithm in a DHOS and with the one-level reach-out greedy algorithm (OLROG) in a DHES. The proposed GA has shown better performance in various environments than other scheduling methods

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High Performance Computing on the Information Superhighway, 1997. HPC Asia '97

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28 Apr-2 May 1997