Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-018


Trends in Cluster Computing Scheduling and the Missing Cycles

H. A. James and K. A. Hawick

Archived February 2005


Parallel computer clusters now represent a mainstream resource of commodity compute cycles in many academic departments. We review our experiences over the past 7 years of building and experimenting with compute clusters and speculate about future trends. We focus on scheduling and utilisation and discuss data collected from a complete year of use of one system. We discuss scheduling inefficiencies and the lost or missing cycles that are inevitable when running a multi user resource.

Keywords: scheduling and resource management; recent historical trends in cluster computing.

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  author = {K. A. Hawick and H. A. James},
  title = {Trends in Cluster Computing Scheduling and the Missing Cycles},
  booktitle = {Proc. Int. Conf on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques
	and Applications (PDPTA'05)},
  year = {2005},
  pages = {732-738},
  address = {Las Vegas, USA.},
  month = {27-30 June},
  publisher = {CSREA}

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