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Emeritus Professor Isi Mitrani
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We examine a system where the servers in a cluster may be switched dynamically and preemptively from one kind of work to another. The demand consists of M job types joining separate queues, with different arrival and service characteristics, and also different relative importance represented by appropriate holding costs. The switching of a server from queue i to queue j incurs a cost which may be monetary or may involve a period of unavailability. The optimal switching policy is obtained numerically by solving a dynamic programming equation. Two simple heuristic policies - one static and one dynamic - are evaluated by simulation and are compared to the optimal policy. The dynamic heuristic is shown to perform well over a range of parameters, including changes in demand. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Palmer J, Mitrani I
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing
ISSN (print): 0743-7315
ISSN (electronic): 1096-0848
Publisher: Academic Press
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