[Beowulf] scheduler policy design

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Wed Apr 25 07:07:16 EDT 2007


On Wed, 25 Apr 2007, Toon Knapen wrote:

> Joe Landman wrote:
>
>> If we can assign a priority to the jobs, so that "short" jobs get a higher 
>> priority than longer jobs, and jobs priority decreases monotonically with 
>> run length, and we can safely checkpoint them, and migrate them (via a 
>> virtual container) to another node, or restart them on one node ... then we 
>> have something nice from a throughput view point.
>
> right on. This is also exactly what the scheduler in the OS is doing. This 
> approach thus just needs to be extrapolated to a whole cluster.
>
> Does anyone know of any projects underway that are trying to accomplish 
> exactly this ?

I believe that condor does all or part of it.  It certainly does the
checkpointing and migration (subject to the code being instrumented and
compiled with their checkpointing library).  Outside of that it has a
dazzling array of policy options -- I'm expect that you can do what is
described above or something even better.

    rgb

>
> thanks,
>
> toon
>
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