Research Area:  Wireless Sensor Networks
The state-of-the-art datacenter load balancing designs commonly optimize bisection bandwidth with homogeneous switching granularity. Their performances surprisingly degrade under mixed traffic containing both short and long flows. Specifically, the short flows suffer from long-tailed delay, while the throughputs of long flows also degrade dramatically due to low link utilization and packet reordering. To solve these problems, we design a traffic-aware load balancing (TLB) scheme to adaptively adjust the switching granularity of long flows according to the load strength of short ones. Under the heavy load of short flows, the long flows use large switching granularity to help short ones obtain more opportunities in choosing short queues to complete quickly. On the contrary, the long flows reroute flexibly with small switching granularity to achieve high throughput. Furthermore, under extremely bursty scenario, we utilize the packet slicing scheme for long flows to release bandwidth for short ones. The experimental results of NS2 simulation and testbed implementation show that TLB significantly reduces the average flow completion time of short flows by 16%-67% over the state-of-the-art load balancers and achieves the high throughput for long flows. Moreover, for extreme bursty case, at the acceptable throughput degradation of long flows, TLB with packet slicing reduces the deadline missing ratio of bursty short flows by up to 80%.
Author(s) Name:  Jinbin Hu; Jiawei Huang; Wenjun Lyu; Weihe Li; Zhaoyi Li; Wenchao Jiang; Jianxin Wang; Tian He
Journal name:  IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Publisher name:  IEEE
Volume Information:  ( Volume: 29, Issue: 5, Oct. 2021) Page(s): 2367 - 2384
Paper Link:   https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9462118