Load Balanced Mapping of Distributed Objects to Minimize Network Communication

Alexander D. Stoyenko, Jan Bosch, Mehmet Aksit, Thomas J. Marlowe

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    This paper introduces a new load balancing and communica- tion minimizing heuristic used in the Inverse Remote Procedure Call (IRPC) system. While the paper briefly describes the IRPC system, the focus is on the new IRPC assignment heuristic. The IRPC compiler maps a distributed program to a graph that represents program objects and their dependencies (due to invocations and parameter passing) as nodes and edges, respectively. In the graph, the system preserves conditional and iterative flows, records network transmission and execution costs, and marks nodes that have to reside at specific network sites. The graph is then partitioned by the heuristic to derive a (sub)optimal node assignment to network sites minimizing load balancing and network data transport. The resulting pro- gram partition is then reflected in the physical object distri- bution, and remote and local object communication is trans- parently implemented. The compiler and run-time system use efficient implementation techniques such as type prediction, inlining, splitting and subprogram passing. The last of these allows remote code to be copied to local data, as an alternative to copying data to the remote site, whenever this will reduce network data transport. The IRPC graph partitioning heuristic operates in time O(E(log d + l + log M)), where M is the number of network sites, E is the number of communication edges, and d is the maximum degree of a node; l is a parameter of the algorithm, and can vary between 1 and N, where N is the number of communicating objects. This complexity is more nearly independent of M, and considerably better in terms of E and N, than that of previously known related algorithms, such as A*, which employs backtracking and is potentially exponential, or the max-flow/min-cut class of network flow algorithms or heuristics which tend to be at least of Q(MAPE), and it can be made (by choosing l appropriately) as efficient as even such fast heuristics as heaviest-edge-first, minimal com- munication, and Kernighan - Lin. In an extensive quantitative evaluation, the heuristic has been demonstrated to perform very well, giving on the average 75% traffic cost reductions for over 95% of the programs when compared to random parti- tioning, and outperforming in cost reduction and actual execu- tion time the three aforementioned fast heuristics, even with a large l. Thus, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a well-performing assignment heuristic that is both essentially linear in the number of communication edges, and better than existing, established heuristics of no better complexity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-136
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of parallel and distributed computing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1996


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