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Author Bond, Andy
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Local User ♦ Distributed Environment ♦ Load Sharing ♦ Strong Demand ♦ Load Balancing ♦ Local Computing Resource ♦ Distributed Database ♦ Unix Ritchie ♦ New Plymouth ♦ Distributed Computing Environment ♦ Experimental Task Allocation System ♦ Common Sight ♦ Uniforum Nz ♦ Busy Environment ♦ Resource Usage Measurement ♦ Significant Proportion
Description A network of UNIX [Ritchie, 1974] workstations is becoming a common sight in modern computing environments. Each workstation provides powerful computing resources which are periodically in strong demand by the local user. However even in busy environments, a significant proportion of these machines will be idle or underutilized at any one time. By supplementing the local computing resources through offloading tasks to idle workstations, better utilization can be made of the distributed computing environment. Such a strategy is commonly known as load sharing or load balancing. This paper discusses an experimental task allocation system called STARS. Using a distributed database of resource usage measurements, STARS allocates tasks to systems based on the availability of resources within the network. We will look at how such a system can be integrated into a users computing environment and some results based on our experience with its use. Publishing Information This report appeared in the Proceedings of UniForum NZ ‘92, New Plymouth, 14-16 May 1992.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1992-01-01
Publisher Institution In Proceedings of the 9th Annual Uniforum NZ Conference