Workstation capacity tuning using reinforcement learning Conference Paper uri icon


  • Computer grids are complex, heterogeneous, and dynamic systems, whose behavior is governed by hundreds of manually-tuned parameters. As the complexity of these systems grows, automating the procedure of parameter tuning becomes indispensable. In this paper, we consider the problem of auto-tuning server capacity, ie the number of jobs a server runs in parallel. We present three different reinforcement learning algorithms, which generate a dynamic policy by changing the number of concurrent running jobs according to the job types and machine state. The algorithms outperform manually-tuned policies for the entire range of checked workloads, with average throughput improvement greater than 20%. On multi-core servers, the average throughput improvement is approximately 40%, which hints at the enormous improvement potential of such a tuning mechanism with the gradual …

publication date

  • November 16, 2007