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An Energy-Aware Heuristic Scheduling for Data-Intensive Workflows in Virtualized Datacenters


With the development of cloud computing, more and more data-intensive workflows have been deployed on virtualized datacenters. As a result, the energy spent on massive data accessing grows rapidly. In this paper, an energy aware scheduling algorithm is proposed, which introduces a novel heuristic called Minimal Data-Accessing Energy Path for scheduling data-intensive workflows aiming to reduce the energy consumption of intensive data accessing. Extensive experiments based on both synthetical and real workloads are conducted to investigate the effectiveness and performance of the proposed scheduling approach. The experimental results show that the proposed heuristic scheduling can significantly reduce the energy consumption of storing/retrieving intermediate data generated during the execution of data intensive workflow. In addition, it exhibits better robustness than existing algorithms when cloud systems are in presence of I/O intensive workloads.

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Correspondence to Zhi-Gang Hu.

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Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 60970038, 61272148, the Science and Technology Plan Project of Hunan Province of China under Grant No. 2012GK3075, and the Scientific Research Fund of Hunan Provincial Education Department of China under Grant No. 13B015.

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Xiao, P., Hu, Z. & Zhang, Y. An Energy-Aware Heuristic Scheduling for Data-Intensive Workflows in Virtualized Datacenters. J. Comput. Sci. Technol. 28, 948–961 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11390-013-1390-9

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  • cloud computing
  • energy efficient
  • heuristic scheduling
  • data-intensive workflow