Tag Archives: Stochastic Optimization

Towards Stochastically Optimizing Data Computing Flows

With rapid growth in the amount of unstructured data produced by memory-intensive applications, large scale data analytics has recently attracted increasing interest. Processing, managing and analyzing this huge amount of data poses several challenges in cloud and data center computing domain. Especially, conventional frameworks for distributed data analytics are based on the assumption of homogeneity and non-stochastic distribution of different data-processing nodes. The paper argues the fundamental limiting factors for scaling big data computation. It is shown that as the number of series and parallel computing servers increase, the tail (mean and variance) of the job execution time increase. We will first propose a model to predict the response time of highly distributed processing tasks and then propose a new practical computational algorithm to optimize the response time.


Modeling and Optimization of Straggling Mappers

MapReduce framework is widely used to parallelize batch jobs since it exploits a high degree of multi-tasking to process them. However, it has been observed that when the number of mappers increases, the map phase can take much longer than expected. This paper analytically shows that stochastic behavior of mapper nodes has a negative effect on the completion time of a MapReduce job, and continuously increasing the number of mappers without accurate scheduling can degrade the overall performance. We analytically capture the effects of stragglers (delayed mappers) on the performance. Based on an observed delayed exponential distribution (DED) of the response time of mappers, we then model the map phase by means of hardware, system, and application parameters. Mean sojourn time (MST), the time needed to sync the completed map tasks at one reducer, is mathematically formulated. Following that, we optimize MST by finding the task inter-arrival time to each mapper node. The optimal mapping problem leads to an equilibrium property investigated for different types of inter-arrival and service time distributions in a heterogeneous datacenter (i.e., a datacenter with different types of nodes). Our experimental results show the performance and important parameters of the different types of schedulers targeting MapReduce applications. We also show that, in the case of mixed deterministic and stochastic schedulers, there is an optimal scheduler that can always achieve the lowest MST.

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