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Publication Citation: Using Markov Chain Analysis to Study Dynamic Behaviour in Large-Scale Grid Systems

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Author(s): Christopher E. Dabrowski; Fern Y. Hunt;
Title: Using Markov Chain Analysis to Study Dynamic Behaviour in Large-Scale Grid Systems
Published: January 21, 2009
Abstract: In large-scale grid systems with decentralized control, the interactions of many service providers and consumers will likely lead to emergent global system behaviours that result in unpredictable, often detrimental, outcomes. This possibility argues for developing analytical tools to allow understanding, and prediction, of complex system behaviour in order to ensure availability and reliability of grid computing services. This paper presents an approach for using piece-wise homogeneous Discrete Time Markov chains to provide rapid, potentially scalable, simulation of large-scale grid systems. This approach, previously used in other domains, is used here to model dynamics of large-scale grid systems. In this approach, a Markov chain model of a grid system is first represented in a reduced, compact form. This model can then be perturbed to produce alternative system execution paths and identify scenarios in which system performance is likely to degrade or anomalous behaviours occur. The expeditious generation of these scenarios allows prediction of how a larger system will react to failures or high stress conditions. Though computational effort increases in proportion to the number of paths modelled, this cost is shown to be far less than the cost of using detailed simulation or testbeds. Moreover, cost is unaffected by size of system being modelled, expressed in terms of workload and number of computational resources, and is adaptable to systems that are non-homogenous with respect to time. The paper provides detailed examples of the application of this approach.
Conference: 7th Australasian Symposium on Grid Computing and e-Research
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Symposium on Grid Computing and e-Research
Location: Wellington, -1
Dates: January 20-23, 2009
Keywords: Grid computing, Perturbation analysis, Discrete Markov chain, Piece-wise homogenous Markov chain.
Research Areas: Information Technology
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