Model for Improved Load Balancing in Volunteer Computing Platforms

  • Levente FilepEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 341)


Distributed computational platforms, especially volunteer based ones, become popular over the past decades due to the cheap access to resources. The majority of these Volunteer Computing (VC) platforms are based on client-server architecture, therefore susceptible to server-side bottlenecks and delays in project completion due to lost Workload Units (WU). This paper presents a new model for a computing platform that offloads the tasks of WU creation from centralized servers to the network nodes and with the use of a remote checkpoint system, it can re-create lost WUs from failed or unavailable nodes. With these improvements, it can achieve better scaling and load balancing, and due to the checkpoints, only a limited amount of computation is lost due to node failure. Simulation results of the model’s behavior are also present and interpreted.


Volunteer computing Load balancing Scalability Workload unit recovery 



This work was supported by the Collegium Talentum 2017 Programme of Hungary.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and Computer ScienceBabeș-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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