A method and apparatus have been shown and described, allowing the Quality of Service to be controlled at a temporal granularity.
Time-value curves generated for each task ensure that mission resources are utilized in a manner that optimizes mission performance. It should be noted, however, that although the present invention has shown and described the use of time-value curves as applied to mission workflow tasks, the present invention is not limited to this application; instead, it can be readily appreciated by one of skill in the art that time-value curves may be used to optimize the delivery of any resource to any consumer by taking into account the dynamic environment of the consumer and resource.
TIME-VALUE CURVES TO PROVIDE DYNAMIC QoS FOR TIME SENSITIVE FILE TRANSFERS
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention generally relates to resource management and, more particularly, to a method and apparatus for generating and using time-value curves for resource management.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The effectiveness of any mission relies heavily on the ability of underlying infrastructure to respond to the dynamic requirements of the task.
Typically missions are layered upon an existing resource infrastructure such that the mission becomes merely a set of tasks supported by the infrastructure. Layering a mission upon an existing infrastructure typically mis-utilizes essential resources and increases the difficulty in detecting performance degradation or partial failures that adversely affect the mission. Allocating specific resources to a task is technically challenging and error-prone. It would be desirable to identify a mission architecture that would overcome prior art problems.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
According to one aspect of the invention, a method of allocating a resource to a plurality of resource consumers includes the step of generating a time-value curve defining a temporally dynamic priority of a resource consumer over some time and using the time-value curve to allocate the resource to the consumer over the period. In one embodiment, the help is communication bandwidth, and the resource consumers include one or more tasks in a mission workflow. Such an arrangement permits the scheduling, pre-empting, and trade-off of bandwidth between different mission tasks to optimize the deployment of mission tasks and concomitantly optimize mission performance.
- According to another aspect of the invention, a method of allocating a resource to a plurality of resource consumers includes the steps of generating a time value curve for each one of a plurality of tasks in a workflow, the time-value curve defining a temporally dynamic quality of service to be provided to the job.
- According to a further aspect of the invention, a policy engine comprises generic task profile information and time-value curve generation logic that is operably coupled to receive task-specific information and calculate a time-value curve for the task using the generic task profile and the job-specific information.
- According to a further aspect of the invention, a device comprising the computer-readable medium accessible by a resource allocator is described. The computer-readable medium stores a data structure including, for each one of a plurality of enqueued tasks associated with the resource, a time value curve is defining a temporal priority to provide to the related study, the data structure being accessed by the resource controller to control access to the resource. The attached figures will describe these and other aspects of the invention.