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Workload-Aware Partitioning for Maintaining Temporal Consistency upon Multiprocessor Platforms

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4 Author(s)
Jianjun Li ; Sch. of Comput. Sci. & Technol., Huazhong Univ. of Sci. & Technol. (HUST), Wuhan, China ; Jian-Jia Chen ; Ming Xiong ; Guohui Li

Deriving deadlines and periods of update transactions for maintaining timeliness and data freshness has long been recognized as an important problem in real-time database research. Despite years of active research, the state of the art only focuses on uniprocessor systems. In this paper, we take a first step of studying the workload-aware temporal consistency maintenance problem upon multiprocessor platforms. We consider the problem of how to partition a set of update transactions to m ≥ 2 processors to maintain the temporal consistency of real-time data objects under earliest deadline first (EDF) scheduling, while minimizing the total workload on m processors. Firstly, we only consider the feasibility aspect of the problem by proposing a polynomial time partitioning scheme, Temporal Consistency Partitioning (TCP), and formally showing that the resource augmentation bound of TCP is (3 - 1/m). Secondly, we address the partition problem globally by proposing a polynomial time heuristic, Density factor Balancing Fit (DBF), where density factor balancing plays a major role in producing workload-efficient partitionings. Finally, we evaluate the feasibility and workload performances of DBF versus other heuristics with comparable quality experimentally.

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Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), 2011 IEEE 32nd

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Nov. 29 2011-Dec. 2 2011