Modeling the effects of node heterogeneity on the performance of grid applications
Cremonesi, P., Turrin, R. and Alexandrov, V.N. (2009) Modeling the effects of node heterogeneity on the performance of grid applications. Journal of Networks, 4 (9). pp. 837-854. ISSN 1796-2056
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To link to this article DOI: 10.4304/jnw.4.9.837-854
The performance benefit when using grid systems comes from different strategies, among which partitioning the applications into parallel tasks is the most important. However, in most cases the enhancement coming from partitioning is smoothed by the effects of synchronization overheads, mainly due to the high variability in the execution times of the different tasks, which, in turn, is accentuated by the large heterogeneity of grid nodes. In this paper we design hierarchical, queuing network performance models able to accurately analyze grid architectures and applications. Thanks to the model results, we introduce a new allocation policy based on a combination between task partitioning and task replication. The models are used to study two real applications and to evaluate the performance benefits obtained with allocation policies based on task replication.