On the twin measure and queueing systems predictability

David Raz, Hanoch Levy, Benjamin Avi-Itzhak

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Abstract

Two identical jobs with deterministically identical processing times arrive at a web server simultaneously (Twins), but leave the system thirty seconds apart. Is the service predictable? Is their sojourn time predictable? This issue arises in modern day networking systems such as call centers and web servers as well as in other queueing systems. We propose a novel measure based on the principle that in a predictable system, "twin" jobs should not depart the system very far apart. We analyze this measure for a number of common scheduling policies and compare the results. We compare the results to those of other predictability approaches proposed recently and discuss the measure's usefulness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-853
Number of pages15
JournalPerformance Evaluation
Volume65
Issue number11-12
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Job scheduling
  • Predictability
  • Queue disciplines
  • Twin measure

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