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Cluster Computing and the Grid, IEEE International Symposium on (2002)
Berlin, Germany
May 21, 2002 to May 24, 2002
ISBN: 0-7695-1582-7
pp: 30
This paper presents a performance analysis of market-based batch schedulers for clusters of workstations. In contrast to previous work, we use user-centric performance metrics as the basis for system evaluation. Each user is modeled as having a utility function for each job which measures value delivered to the user as function of execution time. Summing over all utility functions in the workload, we use aggregate utility as a measure of overall value delivered to users. With aggregate utility as the performance metric, simulations are used to quantify the performance of both market-based and traditional batch scheduling algorithms under a variety of synthetic work-loads. Results show that an auction-based batch scheduling algorithm improves performance by a factor of up to 2-5x for sequential workloads and up to 14x for highly parallel workloads compared to traditional scheduling algorithms.

D. E. Culler and B. N. Chun, "User-Centric Performance Analysis of Market-Based Cluster Batch Schedulers," 2nd IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid(CCGRID), Berlin, Germany, 2002, pp. 30.
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