Adaptive Spot-Instances Aware Autoscaling for Scientific Workflows on the Cloud

  • David A. Monge
  • Carlos García Garino
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 485)


This paper deals with the problem of autoscaling for cloud computing scientific workflows. Autoscaling is a process in which the infrastructure scaling (i.e. determining the number and type of instances to acquire for executing an application) interleaves with the scheduling of tasks for reducing time and monetary cost of executions. This work proposes a novel strategy called Spots Instances Aware Autoscaling (SIAA) designed for the optimized execution of scientific workflow applications. SIAA takes advantage of the better prices of Amazon’s EC2-like spot instances to achieve better performance and cost savings. To deal with execution efficiency, SIAA uses a novel heuristic scheduling algorithm to optimize workflow makespan and reduce the effect of tasks failures that may occur by the use of spot instances. Experiments were carried out using several types of real-world scientific workflows. Results demonstrated that SIAA is able to greatly overcome the performance of state-of-the-art autoscaling mechanisms in terms of makespan (up to 88.0%) and cost of execution (up to 43.6%).


Scientific workflows Cloud Computing Autoscaling Scheduling Spot instances 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Monge
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carlos García Garino
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.ITIC Research InstituteNational University of Cuyo (UNCuyo)Argentina
  2. 2.Faculty of Exact and Natural SciencesUNCuyoArgentina
  3. 3.Faculty of EngineeringUNCuyoArgentina

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