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A scheduling algorithm with dynamic properties in mobile grid


Mobile grid is a branch of grid computing that incorporates mobile devices into the grid infrastructure. It poses new challenges because mobile devices are typically resource-constrained and exhibit unique characteristics such as instability in network connections. New scheduling strategies are imperative in mobile grid to efficiently utilize the devices. This paper presents a scheduling algorithm that considers dynamic properties of mobile devices such as availability, reliability, maintainability, and usage pattern in mobile grid environments. In particular, usage patterns caused by voluntarily or involuntarily losing a connection, such as switching off the device or a network interruption could be important criteria for choosing the best resource to execute a job. The experimental results show that our scheduling algorithm provides superior performance in terms of execution time, as compared to the other methods that do not consider usage pattern. Throughout the experiments, we found it essential to consider usage pattern for improving performance in the mobile grid.

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JongHyuk Lee received his PhD degree of computer science education from Korea University where he did research in distributed systems. He was previously a research professor at Korea University, and a research scientist at University of Houston. Currently, he is employed as a senior engineer by Samsung Electronics. In the past, he authored and co-authored over publications covering research problems in distributed systems, computer architecture & systems, mobile computing, p2p computing, grid computing, cloud computing, computer security, and computer science education.

SungJin Choi received his PhD degree of computer science from Korea University. He was a post-doctoral researcher in University of Melbourne. He was a research processor in Intelligent HCI Convergence Research Center, Sungkyunkwan University. Currently, he is working at Samsung Electronics. His research interests include mobile agent, peer-to-peer computing, grid computing, cloud computing and distributed systems.

JoonMin Gil received his BS and MS degrees in computer science from Korea University, Korea in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He received his PhD degree in computer science and engineering from Korea University, Korea in 2000. From 2001 to 2002, he was a visiting research associate in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. From October 2002 to February 2006, he was a senior research engineer in Supercomputing Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, Korea. He joined Catholic University of Daegu in March 2006, where he is currently an associate professor in the School of Information Technology Engineering. His recent research interests include cloud computing, grid computing, fault-tolerances, and wireless & sensor networks.

Taeweon Suh is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Information Security, Korea University. Prior to joining academia, he was a systems engineer at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA. His research interests include embedded systems, computer architecture, multiprocessor and virtualization. He has a BS degree in electrical engineering from the Korea University, Korea, and anMS degree in electronics engineering from the Seoul National University, Korea, and a PhD degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.

HeonChang Yu received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer science and engineering from Korea University, Seoul, Korea in 1989, 1991, and 1994, respectively. He has been a professor of computer science and engineering with Korea University since 1998. From February 2011 to January 2012, he was a visiting professor of electrical and computer engineering in Virginia Technology. Since 2011, he has been the director of Korea Information Processing Society, Korea. Prof. Yu was the vice president of the Korean Association of Computer Education and an editor of the Korean Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers. He was awarded the Okawa Foundation Research Grant of Japan in 2008. His research interests include cloud computing, grid computing, distributed computing, and fault-tolerant systems.

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Lee, J., Choi, S., Gil, J. et al. A scheduling algorithm with dynamic properties in mobile grid. Front. Comput. Sci. 8, 847–857 (2014).

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  • mobile grid
  • scheduling
  • dynamic properties
  • availability
  • reliability
  • maintainability
  • usage pattern