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The success of different computing models, performance analysis and load balancing and algorithms depends on the processor availability information because there is a strong relationship between a process response time and the processor time available for its execution. Therefore, predicting the processor availability for a new process or task in a computer system is a basic problem that arises in in many important contexts. Unfortunately, making such predictions is not easy because of the dynamic nature of current computer systems and their workload, which can vary drastically in a short interval of time. This paper presents two new availability prediction models. The first, called SPAP (Static Process Assignment Prediction) model, is capable of predicting the CPU availability for a new task on a computer system having information about the tasks in its run queue. The second, called DYPAP (DYnamic Process Assignment Prediction) model, is an improvement of the SPAP model capable of making these predictions from real-time measurements provided by a monitoring tool, without any kind of information about the tasks in the run queue. Furthermore, the implementation of this monitoring tool for Linux workstations is presented.
Modeling and prediction, Monitors, Performance measures
Marta Beltrán, Antonio Guzmán, Jose L. Bosque, "A New CPU Availability Prediction Model for Time-Shared Systems", IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 57, no. , pp. 865-875, July 2008, doi:10.1109/TC.2008.24
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