Performance prediction technology for agent-based resource management in grid environments

Junwei Cao, S.A. Jarvis, D.P. Spooner, J.D. Turner, D.J. Kerbyson, G.R. Nudd
2002 Proceedings 16th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium  
Resource management constitutes an important infrastructural component of a computational grid environment. The aim of grid resource management is to efficiently schedule applications over the available resources provided by the supporting grid architecture. Such goals within the high performance community rely, in part, on accurate performance prediction capabilities. This paper introduces a resource management infrastructure for grid computing environments. The technique couples application
more » ... rformance prediction with a hierarchical multi-agent system. An initial system implementation utilises the performance prediction capabilities of the PACE toolkit to provide quantitative data regarding the performance of complex applications running on local grid resources. The validation results show that a high level of accuracy can be obtained, that cross-platform comparisons can be easily undertaken, and that the estimates can be evaluated rapidly. A hierarchy of homogeneous agents are used to provide a scalable and adaptable abstraction of the grid system architecture. An agent is a representative of a local grid resource and is considered to be both a service provider and a service requestor. Agents are organised into a hierarchy and cooperate to provide service advertisement and discovery. A performance monitor and advisor has been developed to optimise the performance of the agent system. A case study with corresponding experimental results are included to demonstrate the efficiency of the resource management and scheduling system. The main features of the system include: hard quality of service support using PACE performance prediction capabilities; agent-based dynamic resource advertisement and discovery capabilities; simulationbased quantitative grid performance analysis and useroriented scheduling of local grid resources.
doi:10.1109/ipdps.2002.1015660 dblp:conf/ipps/CaoJSTKN02 fatcat:4vesj6cwqzc6hiihboqxwprob4