Talk: Algorithmic problems in power management of computing systems
Speaker: Georgios Zois


This work is focused on energy-efficient algorithms for job scheduling problems on speed-scalable processors, as well as on processors operating under a thermal and cooling mechanism, where, for a given budget of energy or a thermal threshold, the goal is to optimize a Quality of Service criterion. A part of our research concerns scheduling problems arising in large-data processing environments. In this context, we focus on the MapReduce paradigm and we consider problems of energy-efficient scheduling on multiple speed-scalable processors as well as classical scheduling on a set of unrelated processors. First, we propose complexity results, optimal and constant competitive algorithms for different energy-aware variants of the problem of minimizing the maximum lateness of a set of jobs on a single speed-scalable processor. Then, we consider energy-aware MapReduce scheduling as well as classical MapReduce scheduling (where energy is not our concern) on unrelated processors, where the goal is to minimize the total weighted completion time of a set of MapReduce jobs. We study special cases and generalizations of both problems and propose constant approximation algorithms. Finally, we study temperature-aware scheduling on a single processor that operates under a strict thermal threshold, where each job has its own heat contribution and the goal is to maximize the schedule's throughput. We consider the case of unit-length jobs with a common deadline and we study the approximability of the problem.