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Cost minimization of algorithms for scheduling parallel, single-threaded, heterogeneous, speed-scalable processors

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posted on 23.05.2021, 18:30 by Rashid Khogali
We synthesize online scheduling algorithms to optimally assign a set of arriving heterogeneous tasks to heterogeneous speed-scalable processors under the single threaded computing architecture. By using dynamic speed-scaling, where each processor's speed is able to dynamically change within hardware and software processing constraints, the goal of our algorithms is to minimize the total financial cost (in dollars) of response time and energy consumption (TCRTEC) of the tasks. In our work, the processors are heterogeneous in that they may differ in their hardware specifications with respect to maximum processing rate, power function parameters and energy sources. Tasks are heterogeneous in terms of computation volume, memory and minimum processing requirements. We also consider that the unit price of response time for each task is heterogeneous because the user may be willing to pay higher/lower unit prices for certain tasks, thereby increasing/decreasing their optimum processing rates. We model the overhead loading time incurred when a task is loaded by a given processor prior to its execution and assume it to be heterogeneous as well. Under the single threaded, single buffered computing architecture, we synthesize the SBDPP algorithm and its two other versions. Its first two versions allow the user to specify the unit price of energy and response time for executing each arriving task. The algorithm's second version extends the functionality of the first by allowing the user or the OS of the computing device to further modify a task's unit price of time or energy in order to achieve a linearly controlled operation point that lies somewhere in the economy-performance mode continuum of a task's execution. The algorithm's third version operates exclusively on the latter. We briefly extend the algorithm and its versions to consider migration, where an unfinished task is paused and resumed on another processor. The SBDPP algorithm is qualitatively compared against its two other versions. The SBDPP dispatcher is analytically shown to perform better than the well known Round Robin dispatcher in terms of the TCRTEC performance metric. Through simulations we deduce a relationship between the arrival rate of tasks, number of processors and response time of tasks. Under the Single threaded, multi-buffered computing architecture we have four contributions that constitute the SMBSPP algorithm. First, we propose a novel task dispatching strategy for assigning the tasks to the processors. Second, we propose a novel preemptive service discipline called Smallest remaining Computation Volume Per unit Price of response Time (SCVPPT) to schedule the tasks on the assigned processor. Third, we propose a dynamic speed-scaling function that explicitly determines the optimum processing rate of each task. Most of the simulations consider both stochastic and deterministic traffic conditions. Our simulation results show that SCVPPT outperforms the two known service disciplines, Shortest Remaining Processing Time (SRPT) and the First Come First Serve (FCFS), in terms of minimizing the TCRTEC performance metric. The results also show that the algorithm's dispatcher drastically outperforms the well known Round Robin dispatcher with cost savings exceeding 100% even when the processors are mildly heterogeneous. Finally, analytical and simulation results show that our speed scaling function performs better than a comparable speed scaling function in current literature. Under a fixed budget of energy, we synthesize the SMBAD algorithm which uses the micro-economic laws of Supply and Demand (LSD) to heuristically adjust the unit price of energy in order to extend battery life and execute more than 50% of tasks on a single processor (under the single threaded, multi buffered computing architecture). By extending all our multiprocessor algorithms to factor independent (battery) energy sources that is associated with each processor, we analytically show that load balancing effects are induced on hetergeneous parallel processors. This happens when the unit price of energy is adjusted by the battery level of each processor in accordance with LSD. Furthermore, we show that a variation of this load balancing effect also occurs when the heterogeneous processors use a single battery as long as they operate at unconstrained processing rates.



Master of Applied Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


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