Computers of a non-dedicated cluster are often idle (users attend meetings, have lunch or coffee breaks) or lightly loaded (users carry out simple computations to support problem solving activities). These underutilised computers can be employed to execute parallel applications. Thus, these computers can be shared by parallel and sequential applications, which could lead to the improvement of their execution performance. However, there is a lack of experimental study showing the applications’ performance and the system utilization of executing parallel and sequential applications concurrently and concurrent execution of multiple parallel applications on a non-dedicated cluster. Here we present the result of an experimental study into load balancing based scheduling of mixtures of NAS Parallel Benchmarks and BYTE sequential applications on a very low cost non-dedicated cluster. This study showed that the proposed sharing provided performance boost as compared to the execution of the parallel load in isolation on a reduced number of computers and better cluster utilization. The results of this research were used not only to validate other researchers’ result generated by simulation but also to support our research mission of widening the use of non-dedicated clusters. Our promising results obtained could promote further research studies to convince universities, business and industry, which require a large amount of computing resources, to run parallel applications on their already owned non-dedicated clusters.
Field of Research
080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
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890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified