Invited Talks

Competitive Analysis of Task Scheduling Algorithms on a Fault-Prone Server and the Impact of Resource Augmentation

Antonio Fernández Anta, Research Professor at IMDEA Networks

Abstract: Reliable task execution in servers that are prone to unpredictable crashes and restarts is challenging and of high importance. However, not much work exists on the worst-case analysis of such systems. In this paper, we analyze the fault-tolerant properties of four popular task scheduling algorithms: Longest In System (LIS), Shortest In System (SIS), Largest Processing Time (LPT) and Shortest Processing Time (SPT), under worst-case scenarios on a fault-prone server. We use three metrics for the evaluation and comparison of their competitive performance, namely, completed load, pending load, and latency. We also investigate the effect of resource augmentation in their performance, by increasing the speed of the server. To do so, we compare the behavior of the algorithms for different speed intervals and show that between LIS, SIS and SPT there is no clear winner with respect to all the three considered metrics, while LPT is not better than SPT.

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