The International Arab Journal of Information Technology (IAJIT)


A Group based Fault Tolerant Scheduling

 Desktop  grid  is  an  exciting  discipline  for  high  thr oughput  applications  but  due  to  inherent  resource  v olatility,  desktop  grids  are  not  feasible  for  short  lived  appl ications  that  require  rapid  turnaround  time.  Efficient  and  more  knowledgeable  resource  selection  mechanism  can  make   it  possible.  In  this  paper,  we  propose  a  group  based  resource  scheduling mechanism. The groups are made by using  three measures: Collective impact of CPU and RAM, spot checking and  task  completion  history.  We  evaluated  the  proposed  mechanism  over  a  network  of  900  nodes  having  varied   resources  and  behavior and found that excluding desktop resources  on the basis of just clock rates is not a good idea and RAM should also,  be considered as a collective parameter besides spo t checking and task completion history. We also, show that the appropriate  scheduling  mechanisms  can  only  be  implemented  after   the  grouping  of  resources  on  computing  strength  and  behavior.  The  proposed  mechanism  ensures  that  tasks  are  allocated   to  hosts  with  higher  probability  of  tasks  completion  that  reduces  tasks  failures and improves fault tolerance.   

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