The Characteristics and Performance of Groups of Jobs in Grids

  • Alexandru Iosup
  • Mathieu Jan
  • Ozan Sonmez
  • Dick Epema
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4641)


Even though with few exceptions, grid workloads are dominated by single-node jobs, not all of these jobs are necessarily independent or unrelated. For instance, sets of jobs may be grouped because they are submitted by users in batches, e.g., to perform parameter sweeps. However, there is no reported data to confirm the presence and structure of these groupings, despite the large potential impact of such information. To address this lack of information, in this work we present a first investigation into the characteristics of groups of jobs present in grid workloads. First, we define three types of job groupings: batch, continued, and bursty submissions. Then, we analyze the characteristics of these groupings for three long-term traces from currently deployed grid environments. Notably, our results show that the various groupings are responsible for up to 96% of the total CPU time consumption. Finally, we present insights into the performance of real grids in dealing with grouped jobs.


Cumulative Distribution Function Batch Size Interarrival Time Grid Environment Arrival Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandru Iosup
    • 1
  • Mathieu Jan
    • 1
  • Ozan Sonmez
    • 1
  • Dick Epema
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, Members of the CoreGRID European Virtual Institute on Grid Scheduling 

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