Effective Load-Balancing via Migration and Replication in Spatial Grids

  • Anirban Mondal
  • Kazuo Goda
  • Masaru Kitsuregawa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2736)


The unprecedented growth of available spatial data at geographically distributed locations coupled with the emergence of grid computing provides a strong motivation for designing a spatial grid which supports fast data retrieval and allows its users to transparently access data of any location from anywhere. This calls for efficient search and load-balancing mechanisms. This paper focusses on dynamic load-balancing in spatial grids via data migration/replication to prevent degradation in system performance owing to severe load imbalance among the nodes. The main contributions of our proposal are as follows. First, we view a spatial grid as comprising several clusters where each cluster is a local area network (LAN) and propose a novel inter-cluster load-balancing algorithm which uses migration/replication of data. Second, we present a novel scalable technique for dynamic data placement that not only improves data availability but also minimizes disruptions and downtime to the system. Our performance study demonstrates the effectiveness of our proposed approach in correcting workload skews, thereby facilitating improvement in system performance. To our knowledge, this work is one of the earliest attempts at addressing load-balancing via both online data migration and replication in grid environments.


Destination Node Data Movement Disk Space Grid Environment Spatial Grid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anirban Mondal
    • 1
  • Kazuo Goda
    • 1
  • Masaru Kitsuregawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Industrial ScienceUniversity of TokyoJapan

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