Multi-layered simulations at the heart of workflow enactment on clouds

Ostermann, S and Kecskeméti, Gábor and Prodan, R (2016) Multi-layered simulations at the heart of workflow enactment on clouds. CONCURRENCY AND COMPUTATION: PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCE, 28 (11). pp. 3180-3201. ISSN 1532-0626 10.1002/cpe.3733

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Abstract

Scientific workflow systems face new challenges when supporting Cloud computing, as the information on the state of the used infrastructures is much less detailed than before. Thus, organising virtual infrastructures in a way that not only supports the workflow execution but also optimises it for several service level objectives (e.g. maximum energy consumption limit, cost, reliability, availability) become reliant on good Cloud modelling and prediction information. While simulators were successfully aiding research on such workflow management systems, the currently available Cloud related simulation toolkits suffer from several issues (e.g. scalability and narrow scope) that hinder their applicability. To address these issues, this article introduces techniques for unifying two existing simulation toolkits by first analysing the problems with the current simulators, and then by illustrating the problems faced by workflow systems. We use for this purpose the example of the ASKALON environment, a scientific workflow composition and execution tool for cloud and grid environments. We illustrate the advantages of a workflow system with directly integrated simulation back-end and how the unification of the selected simulators does not affect the overall workflow execution simulation performance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics and Computer Science > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science / számítástechnika, számítógéptudomány
Divisions: Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems
SWORD Depositor: MTMT Injector
Depositing User: MTMT Injector
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2017 12:31
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2017 12:31
URI: http://eprints.sztaki.hu/id/eprint/9004

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