Loop Scheduling for Heterogeneous Computing Environment Based on Performance Prediction

Wei-Ming Lin, Yongsheng Song

Abstract


In this paper, the problem of parallel loop scheduling for heterogeneous networks of workstations is discussed.

A practical network of workstations is heterogeneous where computing power varies in different composing workstations. A simple loop scheduling technique is insufficient in exploiting maximum computing power of such a system.

We propose a fundamental idea for a performance prediction tool to gauge the relative computing power among composing workstations so that parallel performance of a program run on a given network can be predicted. In view of the performance prediction results, a loop scheduling approach is then incorporated into the system to achieve close-to-optimal parallel performance.

Examples running benchmark programs demonstrate a significant gain from the proposed approach over traditional scheduling approaches.


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