Process control and scheduling issues for multiprogrammed shared-memory multiprocessors

A. Tucker, A. Gupta
1989 Proceedings of the twelfth ACM symposium on Operating systems principles - SOSP '89  
Shared-memory multiprocessors are frequently used in a timesharing style with multiple parallel applications executing at the same time. In such an environment, where the machine load is continuously varying, the question arises of how an application should maximize its performance while being fair to other users of the system. In this paper, we address this issue. We first show that if the number of runnable processes belonging to a parallel application significantly exceeds the effective
more » ... r of physical processors executing it, its performance can be significantly degraded. We then propose a way of controlling the number of runnable processes associated with an application dynamically, to ensure good performance. The optimal number of runnable processes for each application is determined by a centralized server, and applications dynamically suspend or resume processes in order to match that number. A preliminary implementation of the proposed scheme is now running on the Encore Multimax and we show how it helps improve the performance of several applications. In some cases the improvement is more than a factor of two. We also discuss implications of the proposed scheme for multiprocessor schedulers, and how the scheme should interface with parallel programming languages.
doi:10.1145/74850.74866 dblp:conf/sosp/TuckerG89 fatcat:htcdxdqopvedvhfccdvoyhmt6q