Distributed Process Scheduling Algorithm

Nitin Varyani varyani.nitin1 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 23:48:26 EST 2016

No doubt it is really interesting. It is a research project. The project is
related to HPC clusters. I am as of now planning only to make the process
scheduling algorithm distributed. Linux has already implemented SMP using
Completely Fair Scheduler and I was thinking was of extending it for
distributed systems. Two things need to be added to it:
1) Sending process context via network
2) Maintaining a table at each node which stores the load of each remote
node. This table will be used to make a decision whether to send a process
context along the network or not. Thanks for your kind help.

On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 10:22 PM, Henrik Austad <henrik at austad.us> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 09:35:28PM +0530, Nitin Varyani wrote:
> >  Hi,
> Hi Nitin,
> > I am given a task to design a distributed process scheduling algorithm.
> > Current distributed OS are patch work over the linux kernels, that is,
> they
> > are responsible for load balancing through process migration but the
> > scheduling is taken care by the single machine linux kernels.
> Hmm, are you talking about HPC clusters or other large machines here? I'm
> not familiar with this, so a few references to existing designs would be
> appreciated.
> > My task is to make the scheduling algorithm itself as distributed.
> Apart from my comment below, it sounds like a really interesting project.
> Is this a research-project or something commercial?
> > That is a scheduler itself makes a decision whether to migrate a task or
> > to keep the task in the current system.  I need some design aspects of
> > how to achieve it. Another thing which I want to know is that whether
> > this job is possible for a kernel newbie like me. Need urgent help. Nitin
> Uhm, ok. I think this is _way_ outside the scope of Kernelnewbies, and it
> is definitely not a newbie project.
> If you are really serious about this, I'd start with listing all the
> different elements you need to share and then an initial idea as to how to
> share those between individual systems. I have an inkling that you'll find
> out quite fast as to why the current kernel does not support this out of
> the box.
> --
> Henrik Austad
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