Rate of change load balancing in distributed and parallel systems

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Abstract

Dynamic load balancing (DLB) is an important system function destined to distribute workload among available processors to improve throughput and/or execution times of parallel computer programs either uniform or non-uniform (jobs whose workload varies at run-time in unpredictable ways). Non-uniform computation and communication requirements may bog down a parallel computer if no efficient load distribution is effected. A novel distributed algorithm for load balancing is proposed and is based on local rate of change (RoC) observations rather than on global absolute load numbers. It is a totally distributed algorithm and requires no centralized trigger and/or decision makers. The strategy is discussed and analyzed by means of experimental simulation.

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Campos, L. M., & Scherson, I. D. (2000). Rate of change load balancing in distributed and parallel systems. Parallel Computing, 26(9), 1213–1230. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0167-8191(00)00036-3

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