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Game Theoretical Data Replication Techniques For Large-scale Autonomous Distributed Computing Systems

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Game Theoretical Data Replication Techniques For Large-scale Autonomous Distributed Computing Systems

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dc.contributor.author Khan, Samee Ullah en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-08T23:55:05Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-08T23:55:05Z
dc.date.issued 2007-10-08T23:55:05Z
dc.date.submitted July 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1772 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/645
dc.description.abstract Data replication in geographically dispersed servers is an essential technique for reducing the user perceived access time in large-scale distributed computing systems. A majority of the conventional replica placement techniques lack scalability and solution quality. To counteract such issues, this thesis proposes a game theoretical replica placement framework, in which autonomous agents compete for the allocation or reallocation of replicas onto their representative servers in a self-managed fashion. Naturally, each agent's goal is to maximize its own benefit. However, the framework is designed to suppress individualism and to ensure system-wide optimization. Using this framework as an environment, several cooperative and non-cooperative low-complexity, flexible, and scalable game theoretical replica placement techniques are proposed, analytically investigated, and experimentally evaluated. Each of these techniques supports different game theoretical (pareto-optimality, catering to agents' interests, deliberate discrimination of allocation, budget balanced, pure Nash equilibrium, and Nash equilibrium) and system (link distance, congestion control, minimization of communication cost, and memory optimization) related properties. Using a detailed test-bed involving eighty various network topologies and two real-world access logs, each game theoretical technique is also extensively compared with conventional replica placement techniques, such as, greedy heuristics, branch-and-bound techniques and genetic algorithms. The experimental study confirms that in each case the proposed techniques outperform other conventional methods. The results can be summarized in four ways: 1) The number of replicas in a system self-adjusts to reflect the ratio of the number of reads versus writes access; 2) Performance is improved by replicating objects to the servers based on the locality of reference; 3) Replica allocations are made in a fast algorithmic turn-around time; 4) The complexity of the data replication problem is decreased by multifold. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ahmad, Ishfaq en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Computer Science & Engineering en_US
dc.title Game Theoretical Data Replication Techniques For Large-scale Autonomous Distributed Computing Systems en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Ahmad, Ishfaq en_US
dc.degree.department Computer Science & Engineering en_US
dc.degree.discipline Computer Science & Engineering en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. en_US

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