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Extending goal-oriented parallel computer job scheduling policies to heterogeneous systems


Several existing parallel computer systems partition their system resources or consist of systems from different geographical locations. This work is focusing on extending the original goal-oriented parallel computer job scheduling policies to cover such systems. The goal-oriented parallel computer job scheduling policies are proposed recently to handle conflicting objectives by utilizing a combinatorial search technique to find the most compromise schedule within a time limit. In this paper, some modifications to the original goal-oriented parallel computer job scheduling policy design are proposed and evaluated. The proposed policy is evaluated against basic priority backfilling techniques widely used in the field. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous parallel computer systems in terms of the computing power are evaluated. And, the design decision on the partition selection heuristic is also evaluated in this study. The experimental results show that the proposed policy produces good scheduling performances even when inaccurate runtime information is used.

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Vasupongayya, S., Prasitsupparote, A. Extending goal-oriented parallel computer job scheduling policies to heterogeneous systems. J Supercomput 65, 1223–1242 (2013).

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  • Backfill
  • Discrepancy-based search
  • Goal-oriented
  • Multi-partition
  • Scheduling