Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

A note on "The Limited Performance Benefits of Migrating Active Processes for Load Sharing"

Allen B. Downey and Mor Harchol-Balter

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-95-888
November 1995

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1995/CSD-95-888.pdf

The 1988 paper, "The Limited Performance Benefits of Migrating Active Processes for Load Sharing," by Eager, Lazowska and Zahorjan concludes that migrating active processes for load balancing offers little additional performance benefit beyond that obtained using only remote execution (placement). This result is based on analysis and simulation of a system model that is intended to overestimate the performance benefit of migrating active processes.

This report examines the system model used by Eager, Lazowska and Zahorjan and concludes (1) that it does not describe many systems, like networks of workstations, to which its results have been applied, and (2) that it underestimates the potential performance benefit of migrating active processes.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Downey:CSD-95-888,
    Author = {Downey, Allen B. and Harchol-Balter, Mor},
    Title = {A note on "The Limited Performance Benefits of Migrating Active Processes for Load Sharing"},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1995},
    Month = {Nov},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1995/5736.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-95-888},
    Abstract = {The 1988 paper, "The Limited Performance Benefits of Migrating Active Processes for Load Sharing," by Eager, Lazowska and Zahorjan concludes that migrating active processes for load balancing offers little additional performance benefit beyond that obtained using only remote execution (placement). This result is based on analysis and simulation of a system model that is intended to overestimate the performance benefit of migrating active processes.   <p>This report examines the system model used by Eager, Lazowska and Zahorjan and concludes (1) that it does not describe many systems, like networks of workstations, to which its results have been applied, and (2) that it underestimates the potential performance benefit of migrating active processes.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%D 1995
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%F Downey:CSD-95-888