Computer Science and Engineering, Department of


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University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Computer Science and Engineering
Technical Report TR-UNL-CSE-2007-0013
Issued Feb. 27, 2007


Providing QoS and performance guarantees to arbitrarily divisible loads has become a significant problem for many cluster-based research computing facilities. While progress is being made in scheduling arbitrarily divisible loads, some of proposed approaches may cause Inserted Idle Times (IITs) that are detrimental to system performance. In this paper we propose a new approach that utilizes IITs and thus enhances the system performance. The novelty of our approach is that, to simplify the analysis, a homogenous system with IITs is transformed to an equivalent heterogeneous system, and that our algorithms can schedule real-time divisible loads with different processor available times. Intensive simulations show that the new approach outperforms the previous approach in all configurations. We also compare the performance of our algorithm to the current practice of manually splitting workloads by users. Simulation results validate the advantages of our approach.