|dc.description.abstract||As computational grids have become popular and ubiquitous, users have access to large number and different types of geographically distributed grid resources. Many computational grid frameworks are composed of multiple distributed sites with each site consisting of one or more dedicated or non-dedicated clusters. Jobs submitted to a grid are handled by a matascheduler which interacts with the local schedulers of the clusters for scheduling jobs to the individual clusters. Computational grids have been found to be powerful research-beds for execution of various kinds of parallel applications. When a parallel application is submitted to a grid, the metascheduler has to choose a set of resources from a cluster for application execution. To select the best set of resources for application execution, it is important to determine the performance of the application. Accurate performance estimates of an application is essential in assisting a grid meta scheduler to efficiently schedule user jobs.
Thus models that predict execution times of parallel applications on a set of resources and a search procedure (scheduling strategy) which selects the best set of machines within a cluster for application execution are of importance for enabling the parallel applications on grids. For efficient execution of large scientific parallel applications consisting of multiple phases, performance models of the individual phases should be obtained. Efficient rescheduling strategies that can use the per-phase models to adapt the parallel applications to application and resource dynamics are necessary for maintaining high performance of the applications on grids. A practical and robust grid computing infrastructure that integrates components related to application and resource monitoring, performance modeling, scheduling and rescheduling techniques, is highly essential for large-scale deployment and high performance of scientific applications on grid systems and hence for fostering high performance computing.
This thesis focuses on developing performance models for predicting execution times of parallel problems/subproblems on dedicated and non-dedicated grid resources. The thesis also constructs robust scheduling and rescheduling strategies in a grid metascheduler that can use the performance models for efficient execution of large scientific parallel applications on dynamic grids. Finally, the thesis builds a practical and robust grid middleware infrastructure which integrates components related to performance modeling, scheduling and rescheduling, monitoring and migration frameworks for large-scale deployment and use of high performance applications on grids.
The thesis consists of four main components. In the first part of the thesis, we have developed a comprehensive set of performance modeling strategies to predict the execution times of tightly-coupled parallel applications on a set of resources in a dedicated or non-dedicated cluster. The main purpose of our prediction strategies is to aid grid metaschedulers in making scheduling decisions. Our performance modeling strategies, based on linear regression, can deal with non-dedicated systems where the loads can change during application executions. Our models do not require detailed knowledge and instrumentation of the applications and can be constructed without the involvement of application developers. The strategies are intended for rapid and large scale deployment of parallel applications on non-dedicated grid systems. We have evaluated our strategies on 8, 16, 24 and 32-node clusters with random loads and load traces from a grid system. Our performance modeling strategies gave less than 30% average percentage prediction errors in all cases, which is reasonable for non-dedicated systems. We also found that scheduling based on the predictions by our strategies will result in perfect scheduling in many cases. For modeling large-scale scientific applications, we use execution profiles and automatic program analysis, and manual analysis of significant portions of the application’s code to identify the different phases of applications. We then adopt our performance modeling strategies to predict execution times for the different phases of the tightly-coupled parallel applications on a set of resources in a dedicated or non-dedicated cluster. Our experiments show that using combinations of performance models of the phases give 18% – 70% more accurate predictions than using single performance models for the applications.
In the second part of the thesis, we have devised, evaluated and compared algorithms for scheduling tightly-coupled parallel applications on multi-cluster grids. Our algorithms use performance models that predict the execution times of parallel applications, for evaluations of candidate schedules. In this work, we propose a novel algorithm called Box Elimination (BE) that searches a space of performance model parameters to determine efficient schedules. By eliminating large search space regions containing poorer solutions at each step and searching high quality solutions, our algorithm is able to generate efficient schedules within few seconds for even clusters of 512 processors. By means of large number of real and simulation experiment, we compared our algorithm with popular optimization techniques. We show that our algorithm generates up to 80% more efficient schedules than other algorithms and the resulting execution times are more robust against performance modeling errors.
The third part of the thesis deals with policies for rescheduling long-running multi-phase parallel applications in response to application and resource dynamics. In this work, we use our performance modeling and scheduling strategies to derive rescheduling plans for executing multi-phase parallel applications on grids. A rescheduling plan consists of potential points in application execution for rescheduling and schedules of resources for application execution between two consecutive rescheduling points. We have developed three algorithms, namely an incremental algorithm, a divide-and-conquer algorithm and a genetic algorithm, for deriving a rescheduling plan for a parallel application execution. We have also developed an algorithm that uses rescheduling plans derived on different clusters to form a single coherent rescheduling plan for application execution on a grid consisting of multiple clusters. The rescheduling plans generated by our algorithms are highly efficient leading to application execution times that are higher than the execution times corresponding to brute force method by less than 10%. We also find that rescheduling in response to changing application and resource dynamics, using the rescheduling plans for multi-cluster grids generated by our algorithms, give much lesser execution times when compared to executions of the applications on a single schedule throughout application execution.
In the final part of the thesis, we have developed a practical grid middleware framework called MerITA (Middleware for Performance Improvement of Tightly Coupled Parallel Applications on Grids), a system for effective execution of tightly-coupled parallel applications on multi-cluster grids consisting of dedicated or non-dedicated, interactive or batch systems. The framework brings together performance modeling for automatically determining the characteristics of parallel applications, scheduling strategies that use the performance models for efficient mapping of applications to resources, rescheduling policies for determining the points in application execution when executing applications can be rescheduled to different sets of resources to obtain performance improvement and a check-pointing library for enabling rescheduling.||en_US