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Cluster Computing and the Grid, IEEE International Symposium on (2008)
May 19, 2008 to May 22, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3156-4
pp: 392-400
Distributing large data to many nodes, known as a broadcast or a multicast, is an important operation in parallel and distributed computing. Most previous broadcast algorithms explicitly or implicitly try to deliver data to all nodes in the same rate. This assumption is reasonable for homogeneous environments where all nodes have similar receiving capabilities. However, when nodes have various receiving capabilities, nodes with slow-receiving capabilities slow down the entire receiving bandwidth in these algorithms. In such settings, each node desires to receive data at its largest possible bandwidth and to start computation as soon as it receives the data. In this paper, we propose to say a broadcast is stable when the bandwidth to a node is never sacrificed by the presence of other, possibly slow, receiving nodes, and proposes the stability as a desired property of broadcast algorithms. In addition, we show a simple and efficient stable broadcast when the topology among nodes is a tree and each link has a symmetric bandwidth. This work improves upon previously proposed algorithms such as FPFR and Balanced Multicasting. For general graphs, it outperforms them when the network is heterogeneous and for trees, our algorithm is proved to be stable and optimal. In a real environment with 100 machines in 4 clusters, our scheme achieved 2.1 to 2.6 times aggregate bandwidth compared to the best result in the other algorithms. We also demonstrated the stability by adding a slow node to a broadcast. Some simulations also showed that our algorithm also performs well in many bandwidth distributions.
broadcast, topolgy-aware, bandwidth, data-intensive, relay, distributed environment

H. Saito, K. Takahashi, K. Taura and T. Shibata, "A Stable Broadcast Algorithm," 2008 8th International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGRID '08)(CCGRID), Lyon, 2008, pp. 392-400.
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