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Scheduling Preemptive and Non-Preemptive Tasks of Scientific Workflows using Hybrid Instances in Cloud Environment

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2018
Vinay K., S. M. Dilip Kumar, Venugopal K. R.

Vinay K., Dilip S M Kumar and Venugopal K R.. Scheduling Preemptive and Non-Preemptive Tasks of Scientific Workflows using Hybrid Instances in Cloud Environment. International Journal of Computer Applications 181(15):1-6, September 2018. BibTeX

	author = {Vinay K. and S. M. Dilip Kumar and Venugopal K. R.},
	title = {Scheduling Preemptive and Non-Preemptive Tasks of Scientific Workflows using Hybrid Instances in Cloud Environment},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {September 2018},
	volume = {181},
	number = {15},
	month = {Sep},
	year = {2018},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {1-6},
	numpages = {6},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2018917817},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}


SWf (Scientific Workflows) are vastly used in scientific domains and typically include non-preemptive and preemptive tasks. Cloud computing facilitates an appropriate ways to access cloud resources as a “pay-as-you-go" model and several resources such as, reserved, on-demand and spot instances are offered by the cloud service providers. The spot instance renting price is less as compared to on-demand instances. But, failures happen due to difference in the instance bid price. Henceforth, it is a challenge to schedule the preemptive and non-preemptive tasks of SWf onto appropriate spot and on-demand spot instances. Therefore, in this paper a SWf scheduling problem using both spot and on-demand instances are considered and the main objective is to reduce the total execution cost under deadline constraints. An efficient rule-based scheduling algorithms are proposed to schedule non-preemptive and preemptive tasks of SWf. The algorithm considers three different rules such as, maximum number of successors, minimum processing time, and minimum slack time to schedule SWf efficiently. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed rule-based task sequence initialization and virtual machine selection algorithms for different SWf sizes.


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Cloud Computing, Scientific Workflows, Scheduling, Preemptive, Non-Preemptive, On-demand, Spot, Virtual Machine