Title: Resource management system for scientific virtual laboratory applications

Authors: Absalom E. Ezugwu; Seyed M. Buhari; Sahalu B. Junaidu

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Federal University Lafia, Lafia, Nigeria ' Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia ' Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Abstract: The paper presents a conceptual framework for a resource management system designed for remote virtual laboratory experimentation in both the natural and physical sciences domains. One of the key problems addressed in this paper is the use of a mathematical model to solve resource allocation or task scheduling problems in a dynamic Grid environment that consists of a heterogeneous distributed cyberinfrastructure. The main focus of this paper however includes: architectural design model for scientific virtual laboratory tasks scheduling framework, resource allocation matchmaking algorithm design, mathematical modelling of resource allocation optimisation and computational analysis of the proposed system. The research work is in line with the on-going IT infrastructure networking project at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Keywords: grid computing; resource management systems; task scheduling; resource allocation; matchmaking algorithm; scientific virtual laboratory; mathematical modelling; optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2015.066388

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2015 Vol.6 No.1, pp.8 - 20

Received: 05 Jan 2013
Accepted: 07 Sep 2013

Published online: 18 Dec 2014 *

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