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Quantitative Fault-Tolerance for Reliable Workflows on Heterogeneous IaaS Clouds - 2018

Research Area:  Cloud Computing


Reliability requirement is one of the most important quality of services (QoS) and should be satisfied for a reliable workflow in cloud computing. Primary-backup replication is an important software fault-tolerant technique used to satisfy reliability requirement. Recent works studied quantitative fault-tolerant scheduling to reduce execution cost by minimizing the number of replicas while satisfying the reliability requirement of a workflow on heterogeneous infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds. However, a minimum number of replicas does not necessarily lead to the minimum execution cost and shortest schedule length in a heterogeneous IaaS cloud. In this study, we propose the quantitative fault-tolerant scheduling algorithms QFEC and QFEC+ with minimum execution costs and QFSL and QFSL+ with shortest schedule lengths while satisfing the reliability requirements of workflows. Extensive experimental results show that (1) compared with the state-of-the-art algorithms, the proposed algorithms achieve less execution cost and shorter schedule length, although the number of replicas are not minimum; (2) QFEC and QFEC+ are designed to reduce execution cost, and QFEC+ is better than QFEC for all low-parallelism and high-parallelism workflows; and (3) QFSL and QFSL+ are designed to decrease schedule length, and QFSL+ is better than QFSL for all low-parallelism and high-parallelism workflows.

Author(s) Name:  Guoqi Xie; Gang Zeng; Renfa Li and Keqin Li

Journal name:   IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing

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Publisher name:  IEEE

DOI:  10.1109/TCC.2017.2780098

Volume Information:   Volume: 8, Issue: 4, Oct.-Dec. 1 2020,Page(s): 1223 - 1236