Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 493–510 | Cite as

Negotiation-Based Scheduling of Scientific Grid Workflows Through Advance Reservations

  • Radu Prodan
  • Marek Wieczorek


In its broadest sense, scheduling of Grid applications can be viewed as a negotiation process between a scheduling service optimising user-centric objectives such as execution time, and a resource manager optimising provider-centric metrics such as resource utilisation or fairness. In this paper we enhance an existing list scheduling algorithm designed for minimising the workflow makespan with advance reservation-based negotiation functionality. As an instantiation of the new negotiation phase, we investigate two advance reservation functionality from the resource provider perspective: attentive and progressive. We illustrate through real-world experiments a two-fold benefit of our approach: improved execution predictability from the user’s perspective, and higher resource utilisation fairness through a new progressive allocation strategy from the provider’s perspective.


Scheduling Resource management Negotiation Advance reservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Google Poland Ltd.KrakówPoland

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