Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 15–27 | Cite as

Scheduling for Responsive Grids

  • Cécile Germain-Renaud
  • Charles Loomis
  • Jakub T. MościckiEmail author
  • Romain Texier


Grids are facing the challenge of seamless integration of the Grid power into everyday use. One critical component for this integration is responsiveness, the capacity to support on-demand computing and interactivity. Grid sched uling is involved at two levels in order to provide responsiveness: the policy level and the implementation level. The main contributions of this paper are as follows. First, we present a detailed analysis of the performance of the EGEE Grid with respect to responsiveness. Second, we examine two user-level schedulers located between the general scheduling layer and the application layer. These are the DIANE (distributed analysis environment) framework, a general-purpose overlay system, and a specialized, embedded scheduler for gPTM3D, an interactive medical image analysis application. Finally, we define and demonstrate a virtualization scheme, which achieves guaranteed turnaround time, schedulability analysis, and provides the basis for differentiated services. Both methods target a brokering-based system organized as a federation of batch-scheduled clusters, and an EGEE implementation is described.


Responsiveness Interactive Grids Meta-scheduler User-level scheduling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cécile Germain-Renaud
    • 1
    • 2
  • Charles Loomis
    • 2
  • Jakub T. Mościcki
    • 3
    Email author
  • Romain Texier
    • 1
  1. 1.LRIOrsay CedexFrance
  2. 2.LALOrsay CedexFrance
  3. 3.CERNGenevaSwitzerland

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