Disallowing Same-program Co-schedules to Improve Efficiency in Quad-core Servers

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de Blanche, Andreas; Lundqvist, Thomas (2017)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.14459/2017md1344414
  • Subject: Informatik, Wissen, Systeme | Co-scheduling; Same Process;Scheduling; Allocation; Multicore; Slowdown; Cluster; Cloud
    • ddc: ddc:000

Programs running on different cores in a multicore server are often forced to share resources like off-chip memory, caches, I/O devices, etc. This resource sharing often leads to degraded performance, a slowdown, for the programs that share the resources. A job scheduler can improve performance by co-scheduling programs that use different resources on the same server. The most common approach to solve this co-scheduling problem has been to make job-schedulers resource aware, finding ways to characterize and quantify a program's resource usage. We have earlier suggested a simple, program and resource agnostic, scheme as a stepping stone to solving this problem: Avoid Terrible Twins, i.e., avoid co-schedules that contain several instances from the same program. This scheme showed promising results when applied to dual-core servers. In this paper, we extend the analysis and evaluation to also cover quad-core servers. We present a probabilistic model and empirical data that show that execution slowdowns get worse as the number of instances of the same program increases. Our scheduling simulations show that if all co-schedules containing multiple instances of the same program are removed, the average slowdown is decreased from 54% to 46% and that the worst case slowdown is decreased from 173% to 108%.
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