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The Power of Two Choices in Randomized Load Balancing
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS
, 1996
"... Suppose that n balls are placed into n bins, each ball being placed into a bin chosen independently and uniformly at random. Then, with high probability, the maximum load in any bin is approximately log n log log n . Suppose instead that each ball is placed sequentially into the least full of d ..."
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Suppose that n balls are placed into n bins, each ball being placed into a bin chosen independently and uniformly at random. Then, with high probability, the maximum load in any bin is approximately log n log log n . Suppose instead that each ball is placed sequentially into the least full of d bins chosen independently and uniformly at random. It has recently been shown that the maximum load is then only log log n log d +O(1) with high probability. Thus giving each ball two choices instead of just one leads to an exponential improvement in the maximum load. This result demonstrates the power of two choices, and it has several applications to load balancing in distributed systems. In this thesis, we expand upon this result by examining related models and by developing techniques for stu...
The Power of Two Random Choices: A Survey of Techniques and Results
 in Handbook of Randomized Computing
, 2000
"... ITo motivate this survey, we begin with a simple problem that demonstrates a powerful fundamental idea. Suppose that n balls are thrown into n bins, with each ball choosing a bin independently and uniformly at random. Then the maximum load, or the largest number of balls in any bin, is approximately ..."
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ITo motivate this survey, we begin with a simple problem that demonstrates a powerful fundamental idea. Suppose that n balls are thrown into n bins, with each ball choosing a bin independently and uniformly at random. Then the maximum load, or the largest number of balls in any bin, is approximately log n= log log n with high probability. Now suppose instead that the balls are placed sequentially, and each ball is placed in the least loaded of d 2 bins chosen independently and uniformly at random. Azar, Broder, Karlin, and Upfal showed that in this case, the maximum load is log log n= log d + (1) with high probability [ABKU99]. The important implication of this result is that even a small amount of choice can lead to drastically different results in load balancing. Indeed, having just two random choices (i.e.,...
BALANCED ALLOCATIONS: THE HEAVILY LOADED CASE
, 2006
"... We investigate ballsintobins processes allocating m balls into n bins based on the multiplechoice paradigm. In the classical singlechoice variant each ball is placed into a bin selected uniformly at random. In a multiplechoice process each ball can be placed into one out of d ≥ 2 randomly selec ..."
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We investigate ballsintobins processes allocating m balls into n bins based on the multiplechoice paradigm. In the classical singlechoice variant each ball is placed into a bin selected uniformly at random. In a multiplechoice process each ball can be placed into one out of d ≥ 2 randomly selected bins. It is known that in many scenarios having more than one choice for each ball can improve the load balance significantly. Formal analyses of this phenomenon prior to this work considered mostly the lightly loaded case, that is, when m ≈ n. In this paper we present the first tight analysis in the heavily loaded case, that is, when m ≫ n rather than m ≈ n. The best previously known results for the multiplechoice processes in the heavily loaded case were obtained using majorization by the singlechoice process. This yields an upper bound of the maximum load of bins of m/n + O ( √ m ln n/n) with high probability. We show, however, that the multiplechoice processes are fundamentally different from the singlechoice variant in that they have “short memory. ” The great consequence of this property is that the deviation of the multiplechoice processes from the optimal allocation (that is, the allocation in which each bin has either ⌊m/n ⌋ or ⌈m/n ⌉ balls) does not increase with the number of balls as in the case of the singlechoice process. In particular, we investigate the allocation obtained by two different multiplechoice allocation schemes,
Parallel Randomized Load Balancing
 In Symposium on Theory of Computing. ACM
, 1995
"... It is well known that after placing n balls independently and uniformly at random into n bins, the fullest bin holds \Theta(log n= log log n) balls with high probability. Recently, Azar et al. analyzed the following: randomly choose d bins for each ball, and then sequentially place each ball in the ..."
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It is well known that after placing n balls independently and uniformly at random into n bins, the fullest bin holds \Theta(log n= log log n) balls with high probability. Recently, Azar et al. analyzed the following: randomly choose d bins for each ball, and then sequentially place each ball in the least full of its chosen bins [2]. They show that the fullest bin contains only log log n= log d + \Theta(1) balls with high probability. We explore extensions of this result to parallel and distributed settings. Our results focus on the tradeoff between the amount of communication and the final load. Given r rounds of communication, we provide lower bounds on the maximum load of \Omega\Gamma r p log n= log log n) for a wide class of strategies. Our results extend to the case where the number of rounds is allowed to grow with n. We then demonstrate parallelizations of the sequential strategy presented in Azar et al. that achieve loads within a constant factor of the lower bound for two ...
Studying Balanced Allocations with Differential Equations
 COMBINATORICS, PROBABILITY, AND COMPUTING
, 1997
"... Using differential equations, we examine the GREEDY algorithm studied by Azar, Broder, Karlin, and Upfal for distributed load balancing [1]. This approach yields accurate estimates of the actual load distribution, provides insight into the exponential improvement GREEDY offers over simple random sel ..."
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Using differential equations, we examine the GREEDY algorithm studied by Azar, Broder, Karlin, and Upfal for distributed load balancing [1]. This approach yields accurate estimates of the actual load distribution, provides insight into the exponential improvement GREEDY offers over simple random selection, and allows one to prove tight concentration theorems about the loads in a straightforward manner.
On Balls and Bins with Deletions
 In Proc. of the RANDOM'98
, 1998
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Microsystems. The views and conclusions contained here are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or
Analyzing an Infinite Parallel Job Allocation Process
"... In recent years the task of allocating jobs to servers has been studied with the "balls and bins" abstraction. Results in this area exploit the large decrease in maximum load that can be achieved by allowing each job (ball) a very small amount of choice in choosing its destination server (bin). T ..."
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In recent years the task of allocating jobs to servers has been studied with the "balls and bins" abstraction. Results in this area exploit the large decrease in maximum load that can be achieved by allowing each job (ball) a very small amount of choice in choosing its destination server (bin). The scenarios considered can be divided into two categories: sequential, where each job can be placed at a server before the next job arrives, and parallel, where the jobs arrive in large batches that must be dealt with simultaneously. Another, orthogonal, classification of load balancing scenarios is into fixed time and infinite. Fixed time processes are only analyzed for an interval of time that is known in advance, and for all such results thus far either the number of rounds or the total expected number of arrivals at each server is a constant. In the infinite case, there is an arrival process and a deletion process that are both defined over an infinite time line. In this pape...
Parallel Continuous Randomized Load Balancing (Extended Abstract)
 In Proceedings of the Tenth ACM Symposium on Parallel Algorithms and Architectures
, 1998
"... ) Petra Berenbrink Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Paderborn University, Germany Email: pebe@unipaderborn.de Tom Friedetzky and Ernst W. Mayr y Institut fur Informatik Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany Email: (friedetzmayr)@informatik.tumuenchen.de Abstract Recently, ..."
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) Petra Berenbrink Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Paderborn University, Germany Email: pebe@unipaderborn.de Tom Friedetzky and Ernst W. Mayr y Institut fur Informatik Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany Email: (friedetzmayr)@informatik.tumuenchen.de Abstract Recently, the subject of allocating tasks to servers has attracted much attention. There are several ways of distinguishing load balancing problems. There are sequential and parallel strategies, that is, placing the tasks one after the other or all of them in parallel. Another approach divides load balancing problems into continuous and static ones. In the continuous case new tasks are generated and consumed as time proceeds, in the second case the number of tasks is fixed. We present and analyze a parallel randomized continuous load balancing algorithm in a scenario where n processors continuously generate and consume tasks according to some given probability distribution. Each processor initiates l...
Tight Bounds for Parallel Randomized Load Balancing
 Computing Research Repository
, 1992
"... We explore the fundamental limits of distributed ballsintobins algorithms, i.e., algorithms where balls act in parallel, as separate agents. This problem was introduced by Adler et al., who showed that nonadaptive and symmetric algorithms cannot reliably perform better than a maximum bin load of Θ ..."
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We explore the fundamental limits of distributed ballsintobins algorithms, i.e., algorithms where balls act in parallel, as separate agents. This problem was introduced by Adler et al., who showed that nonadaptive and symmetric algorithms cannot reliably perform better than a maximum bin load of Θ(loglogn/logloglogn) within the same number of rounds. We present an adaptive symmetric algorithm that achieves a bin load of two in log ∗ n + O(1) communication rounds using O(n) messages in total. Moreover, larger bin loads can be traded in for smaller time complexities. We prove a matching lower bound of (1−o(1))log ∗ n on the time complexity of symmetric algorithms that guarantee small bin loads at an asymptotically optimal message complexity of O(n). The essential preconditions of the proof are (i) a limit of O(n) on the total number of messages sent by the algorithm and (ii) anonymity of bins, i.e., the port numberings of balls are not globally consistent. In order to show that our technique yields indeed tight bounds, we provide for each assumption an algorithm violating it, in turn achieving a constant maximum bin load in constant time. As an application, we consider the following problem. Given a fully connected graph of n nodes, where each node needs to send and receive up to n messages, and in each round each node may send one message over each link, deliver all messages as quickly as possible to their destinations. We give a simple and robust algorithm of time complexity O(log ∗ n) for this task and provide a generalization to the case where all nodes initially hold arbitrary sets of messages. Completing the picture, we give a less practical, but asymptotically optimal algorithm terminating within O(1) rounds. All these bounds hold with high probability.
Deterministic and Randomized Algorithms for Distributed Online Task Assignment and Load Balancing without Load Status Information
 In ACM symposium on Applied Computing
, 1997
"... We find two interesting thresholds for the number of tasks generated under a new model of online task assignment and load balancing environment, in which tasks are assigned without any information on current load status, and load balancing is achieved together with task assignment. It is shown that ..."
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We find two interesting thresholds for the number of tasks generated under a new model of online task assignment and load balancing environment, in which tasks are assigned without any information on current load status, and load balancing is achieved together with task assignment. It is shown that balanced task assignment can be obtained deterministically when the number of tasks exceeds the first threshold. Otherwise, a simple randomized strategy can achieve balanced load distribution with high probability if the number of tasks exceeds the second threshold. Keywords: deterministic algorithm, load balancing, online task assignment, randomized algorithm. 1 Introduction In this paper, we consider online task assignment in a distributed system. We assume that there are a number of computers (machines, cites, nodes, servers) in the system. Each computer has a source of task generation, e.g., external tasks arriving to the system, and new tasks created by existing tasks. The number o...