PhD Thesis

PhD Thesis

Multi-criteria Mapping and Scheduling of Workflow Applications onto Heterogeneous Platforms

ENS Lyon, Universität Passau, 2009.


This work deals with the mapping and scheduling of workow applications on heterogeneous platforms. In this context, we focus on three different types of streaming applications:

  • Replica placement in tree networks - In this kind of application, clients are issuing requests to some servers and the question is where to place replicas in the network such that all requests can be processed. We discuss and compare several policies to place replicas in tree networks, subject to server capacity, Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth constraints. The client requests are known beforehand, while the number and location of the servers have to be determined. The standard approach in the literature is to enforce that all requests of a client be served by the closest server in the tree. We introduce and study two new policies. One major contribution of this work is to assess the impact of these new policies on the total replication cost. Another important goal is to assess the impact of server heterogeneity, both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. We establish several new complexity results, and provide several efficient polynomial heuristics for NP-complete instances of the problem.
  • Pipeline workflow applications - We consider workflow applications that can be expressed as linear pipeline graphs. An example for this application type is digital image processing, where images are treated in steady-state mode. Several antagonist criteria should be optimized, such as throughput and latency (or a combination) as well as latency and reliability (i.e., the probability that the computation will be successful) of the application. While simple polynomial algorithms can be found for fully homogeneous platforms, the problem becomes NP-hard when tackling heterogeneous platforms. We present an integer linear programming formulation for this latter problem. Furthermore, we provide several efficient polynomial bi-criteria heuristics, whose relative performances are evaluated through extensive simulation. As a case-study, we provide simulations and MPI experimental results for the JPEG encoder application pipeline on a cluster of workstations.
  • Complex streaming applications - We consider the execution of applications structured as trees of operators, i.e., the application of one or several trees of operators in steady-state to multiple data objects that are continuously updated at various locations in a network. A first goal is to provide the user with a set of processors that should be bought or rented in order to ensure that the application achieves a minimum steady-state throughput, and with the objective of minimizing platform cost. We then extend our model to multiple applications: several concurrent applications are executed at the same time in a network, and one has to ensure that all applications can reach their application throughput. Another contribution of this work is to provide complexity results for different instances of the basic problem, as well as integer linear program formulations of various problem instances. The third contribution is the design of several polynomial-time heuristics, for both application models. One of the primary objectives of the heuristics for concurrent applications is to reuse intermediate results shared by multiple applications. 

 Keywords: Replica placement – pipeline – in-network stream processing – operator mapping – tree networks – multi-criteria optimization – complexity results – heuristics – linear program – heterogeneous platforms