Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The multiprocessor real -time scheduling of general task systems
by Fisher, Nathan Wayne, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007, 254; 3272810
Abstract (Summary)

The recent emergence of multicore and related technologies in many commercial systems has increased the prevalence of multiprocessor architectures. Contemporaneously, real-time applications have become more complex and sophisticated in their behavior and interaction. Inevitably, these complex real-time applications will be deployed upon these multiprocessor platforms and require temporal analysis techniques to verify their correctness. However, most prior research in multiprocessor real-time scheduling has addressed the temporal analysis only of Liu and Layland task systems. The goal of this dissertation is to extend real-time scheduling theory for multiprocessor systems by developing temporal analysis techniques for more general task models such as the sporadic task model, the generalized multiframe task model, and the recurring real-time task model. The thesis of this dissertation is: Optimal online multiprocessor real-time scheduling algorithms for sporadic and more general task systems are impossible; however, efficient, online scheduling algorithms and associated feasibility and schedulability tests, with provably bounded deviation from any optimal test, exist.

To support our thesis, this dissertation develops feasibility and schedulability tests for various multiprocessor scheduling paradigms. We consider three classes of multiprocessor scheduling based on whether a real-time job may migrate between processors: full-migration, restricted-migration, and partitioned. For all general task systems, we obtain feasibility tests for arbitrary real-time instances under the full- and restricted-migration paradigms. Despite the existence of tests for feasibility, we show that optimal online scheduling of sporadic and more general systems is impossible. Therefore, we focus on scheduling algorithms that have constant-factor approximation ratios in terms of an analysis technique known as resource augmentation. We develop schedulability tests for scheduling algorithms, earliest-deadline-first (EDF) and deadline-monotonic (DM), under full-migration and partitioned scheduling paradigms. Feasibility and schedulability tests presented in this dissertation use the workload metrics of demand-based load and maximum job density and have provably bounded deviation from optimal in terms of resource augmentation. We show the demand-based load and maximum job density metrics may be exactly computed in pseudo-polynomial time for general task systems and approximated in polynomial time for sporadic task systems.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Baruah, Sanjoy K.
Commitee: Anderson, James H., Jeffay, Kevin, Lipari, Giuseppe, Mayer-Patel, Ketan
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Computer Science
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-B 68/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer science
Keywords: Multiprocessor, Real-time scheduling, Scheduling
Publication Number: 3272810
ISBN: 9780549123880
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