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Process Control and Scheduling Issues for Multiprogrammed Shared-Memory Multiprocessors

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Process Control and Scheduling Issues for Multiprogrammed Shared-Memory Multiprocessors
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 number 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 Encor...
Andrew Tucker, Anoop Gupta
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Type Conference
Year 1989
Where SOSP
Authors Andrew Tucker, Anoop Gupta
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