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Performance analysis of Time Warp with multiple homogeneous processors

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3 Author(s)
A. Gupta ; Coll. of Comput., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; I. F. Akyildiz ; R. M. Fujimoto

The behavior of n interacting processors synchronized by the Time Warp protocol is analyzed using a discrete-state, continuous-time Markov chain model. The performance and dynamics of the processes (or processors) are analyzed under the following assumptions: exponential task times and timestamp increments on messages, each event message generates one new message that is sent to a randomly selected process, negligible rollback, state saving, and communication delay, unbounded message buffers, and homogeneous processors. Several performance measures are determined, such as: the fraction of processed events that commit, speedup, rollback probability, expected length of rollback, the probability mass function for the number of uncommitted processed events, the probability distribution function for the virtual time of a process, and the fraction of time the processors remain idle. The analysis is approximate, thus the results have been validated through performance measurements of a Time Warp testbed executing on a shared-memory multiprocessor

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 10 )