Meta-scheduling, a process which allows a user to schedule a job across multiple sites, has a potential for livelock. Current systems avoid livelock by locking down resources at multiple sites and allowing a metascheduler to control the resources during the lock down period or by limiting job size to that which will fit on one site. The former approach leads to poor utilization; the later poses limitations on job size. This research uses BYU's Meta-scheduler (YMS) which allows jobs to be scheduled across multiple sites without the need for locking down the nodes. YMS avoids livelock through exponential back-off This research quantifies the potential for livelock, determines a suitable back-off period, and provides a structure upon which to test theoretical local. schedulers. The results show that livelock exists and, that a suitable exponential back-off not only avoids livelock but reduces the scheduling time for each job.
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