Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences (MS)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. School of Computing

First Advisor

Dr. Roger Eggen

Second Advisor

Dr. Sanjay Ahuja

Third Advisor

Dr. Xudong Liu

Department Chair

Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy

College Dean

Dr. William F. Klostermeyer


According to Sterling et al., a batch scheduler, also called workload management, is an application or set of services that provide a method to monitor and manage the flow of work through the system [Sterling01]. The purpose of this research was to develop a method to assess the execution speed of workloads that are submitted to a batch scheduler. While previous research exists, this research is different in that more complex jobs were devised that fully exercised the scheduler with established benchmarks. This research is important because the reduction of latency even if it is miniscule can lead to massive savings of electricity, time, and money over the long term. This is especially important in the era of green computing [Reuther18]. The methodology used to assess these schedulers involved the execution of custom automation scripts. These custom scripts were developed as part of this research to automatically submit custom jobs to the schedulers, take measurements, and record the results. There were multiple experiments conducted throughout the course of the research. These experiments were designed to apply the methodology and assess the execution speed of a small selection of batch schedulers. Due to time constraints, the research was limited to four schedulers. x The measurements that were taken during the experiments were wall time, RAM usage, and CPU usage. These measurements captured the utilization of system resources of each of the schedulers. The custom scripts were executed using, 1, 2, and 4 servers to determine how well a scheduler scales with network growth. The experiments were conducted on local school resources. All hardware was similar and was co-located within the same data-center. While the schedulers that were investigated as part of the experiments are agnostic to whether the system is grid, cluster, or super-computer; the investigation was limited to a cluster architecture.