Holistic slowdown driven scheduling and resource management for malleable jobs
Document typeConference report
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Rights accessOpen Access
In job scheduling, the concept of malleability has been explored since many years ago. Research shows that malleability improves system performance, but its utilization in HPC never became widespread. The causes are the difficulty in developing malleable applications, and the lack of support and integration of the different layers of the HPC software stack. However, in the last years, malleability in job scheduling is becoming more critical because of the increasing complexity of hardware and workloads. In this context, using nodes in an exclusive mode is not always the most efficient solution as in traditional HPC jobs, where applications were highly tuned for static allocations, but offering zero flexibility to dynamic executions. This paper proposes a new holistic, dynamic job scheduling policy, Slowdown Driven (SD-Policy), which exploits the malleability of applications as the key technology to reduce the average slowdown and response time of jobs. SD-Policy is based on backfill and node sharing. It applies malleability to running jobs to make room for jobs that will run with a reduced set of resources, only when the estimated slowdown improves over the static approach. We implemented SD-Policy in SLURM and evaluated it in a real production environment, and with a simulator using workloads of up to 198K jobs. Results show better resource utilization with the reduction of makespan, response time, slowdown, and energy consumption, up to respectively 7%, 50%, 70%, and 6%, for the evaluated workloads.
CitationD'Amico, M.; Jokanovic, A.; Corbalán, J. Holistic slowdown driven scheduling and resource management for malleable jobs. A: International Conference on Parallel Processing. "ICPP 2019: proceedings of the 48th International Conference on Parallel Processing". New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2019, p. 1-10.