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A simulation framework for priority scheduling on heterogeneous clusters

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Çavdar Derya , Birke Robert, Chen Lydia Y., Alagöz Fatih ,
Project LoadOpt - Workload Characterization and Optimization for Multicore Systems
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Future Generation Computer Systems
Volume (Issue) 52(C)
Page(s) 37 - 48
Title of proceedings Future Generation Computer Systems
DOI 10.1016/j.future.2015.04.008


Executing heterogeneous workloads with different priorities, resource demands and performance objectives is one of the key operations for today’s data centers to increase resource as well as energy efficiency. In order to meet the performance objectives of diverse workloads, schedulers rely on evictions even resulting in waste of resources due to lost executions of evicted tasks. It is not straightforward to design priority schedulers which capture key aspects of workloads and systems and also to strike a balance between resource (in)efficiency and application performance tradeoff. To explore large space of designing such schedulers, we propose a trace-driven cluster management framework that models a comprehensive set of system configurations and general priority-based scheduling policies. In particular, we focus on the impact of task evictions on resource inefficiency and task response times of multiple priority classes driven by Google production cluster trace. Moreover, we propose a system design as a use case exploiting workload heterogeneity and introducing workload-awareness into the system configuration and task assignment.