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Lee M.-C.,National Chiao Tung University | Lin J.-C.,University of Oslo | Yahyapour R.,GWDG Gesellschaft fur wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Gottingen
IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems | Year: 2016

It is cost-efficient for a tenant with a limited budget to establish a virtual MapReduce cluster by renting multiple virtual private servers (VPSs) from a VPS provider. To provide an appropriate scheduling scheme for this type of computing environment, we propose in this paper a hybrid job-driven scheduling scheme (JoSS for short) from a tenant's perspective. JoSS provides not only job-level scheduling, but also map-task level scheduling and reduce-task level scheduling. JoSS classifies MapReduce jobs based on job scale and job type and designs an appropriate scheduling policy to schedule each class of jobs. The goal is to improve data locality for both map tasks and reduce tasks, avoid job starvation, and improve job execution performance. Two variations of JoSS are further introduced to separately achieve a better map-data locality and a faster task assignment. We conduct extensive experiments to evaluate and compare the two variations with current scheduling algorithms supported by Hadoop. The results show that the two variations outperform the other tested algorithms in terms of map-data locality, reduce-data locality, and network overhead without incurring significant overhead. In addition, the two variations are separately suitable for different MapReduce-workload scenarios and provide the best job performance among all tested algorithms. © 2015 IEEE.

Garcia J.L.G.,GWDG Gesellschaft fur wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Gottingen | Yahyapour R.,GWDG Gesellschaft fur wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Gottingen | Tchernykh A.,CICESE
Computacion y Sistemas | Year: 2013

In this paper, we give an overview of efforts to improve current techniques of load-balancing and efficiency of finite element method (FEM) computations on large-scale parallel machines and introduce a multilevel load balancer to improve the local load imbalance. FEM is used to numerically approximate solutions of partial differential equations (PDEs) as well as integral equations. The PDEs domain is discretized into a mesh of information and usually solved using iterative methods. Distributing the mesh among the processors in a parallel computer, also known as the mesh-partitioning problem, was shown to be NP-complete. Many efforts are focused on graph-partitioning to parallelize and distribute the mesh of information. Data partitioning is important to efficiently execute applications in distributed systems. To address this problem, a variety of general-purpose libraries and techniques have been developed providing great effectiveness. But the load-balancing problem is not yet well solved. Today's large simulations require new techniques to scale on clusters of thousands of processors and to be resource aware due the increasing use of heterogeneous computing architectures as found in many-core computer systems. Existing libraries and algorithms need to be enhanced to support more complex applications and hardware architectures. We present trends in this field and discuss new ideas and approaches that take into account the new emerging requirements.

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