Overview of MSHN: The management system for heterogeneous networks

Debra A. Hensgen, Taylor Kidd, David St. John, Matthew C. Schnaidt, Howard Jay Siegel, Tracy D. Braun, Muthucumaru Maheswaran, Shoukat Ali, Jong Kook Kim, Cynthia Irvine, Tim Levin, Richard F. Freund, Matt Kussow, Michael Godfrey, Alpay Duman

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The Management System for Heterogeneous Networks (MSHN) is a resource management system for use in heterogeneous environments. This paper describes the goals of MSHN, its architecture, and both completed and ongoing research experiments. MSHN's main goal is to determine the best way to support the execution of many different applications, each with its own quality of service (QoS) requirements, in a distributed, heterogeneous environment. MSHN's architecture consists of seven distributed, potentially replicated components that communicate with one another using CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture). MSHN's experimental investigations include: (1) the accurate, transparent determination of the end-to-end status of resources; (2) the identification of optimization criteria and how non-determinism and the granularity of models affect the performance of various scheduling heuristics that optimize those criteria; (3) the determination of how security should be incorporated between components as well as how to account for security as a QoS attribute; and (4) the identification of problems inherent in application and system characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 8th Heterogeneous Computing Workshop (HCW '99) - San Juan
Duration: 1999 Apr 121999 Apr 12


OtherProceedings of the 1999 8th Heterogeneous Computing Workshop (HCW '99)
CitySan Juan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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