Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Science

Document Type



Data transferring in scientific workflows gradually attracts more attention due to large amounts of data generated by complex scientific workflows will significantly increase the turnaround time of the whole workflow. It is almost impossible to make an optimal or approximate optimal scheduling for the end-to-end workflow without considering the intermediate data movement. In order to reduce the complexity of the workflow-scheduling problem, most researches done so far are constrained by many unrealistic assumptions, which result in non-optimal scheduling in practice. A constraint imposed by most researchers in their algorithms is that a computation site can only start the execution of other tasks after it has completed the execution of the current task and delivered the data generated by this task. We relax this constraint and allow overlap of execution and data movement in order to improve the parallelism of the tasks in the workflow. Furthermore, we generalize the conventional workflow to allow data to be staged in(out) from(to) remote data centers, design and implement an efficient data-aware scheduling strategy. The experimental results show that the turnaround time is reduced significantly in heterogeneous distributed systems by applying our scheduling strategy. To reduce the end-to-end workflow turnaround time, it is crucial to deliver the input, output and intermediate data as fast as possible. However, it is quite often that the throughput is much lower than expected while using single TCP stream to transfer data when the bandwidth of the network is not fully utilized. Multiple TCP streams will benefit the throughput. However, the throughput does not increase monotonically when increasing the number of parallel streams. Based on this observation, we propose to improve the existing throughput prediction models, design and implement a TCP throughput estimation and optimization service in the distributed systems to figure out the optimal configurations of TCP parallel streams. Experimental results show that the proposed estimation and optimization service can predict the throughput dynamically with high accuracy and the throughput can be increased significantly. Throughput optimization along with data-aware workflow scheduling allows us to minimize the end-to-end workflow turnaround time successfully.



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Committee Chair

Busch, Konstantin