### Abstract

Three factors determine the optimum configuration of a multiprocessor at any epoch: the workload, the reward structure, and the state of the computer system. An algorithm is presented for the optimal (more realistically, quasi-optimal) configuration of such systems used in real-time applications with periodic reward rates and workloads. The algorithm is based on Markov decision theory. It is suggested that a change in the workload or the reward structure should be as powerful a motivation for reconfiguration as component failure. Such changes occur naturally over the course of operation: an example of an online transaction processing system with a workload and reward structure that has a period of a day is given.

Original language | English (US) |
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Title of host publication | Proc Real Time Syst Symp |

Publisher | Publ by IEEE |

Pages | 33-41 |

Number of pages | 9 |

ISBN (Print) | 0818608943 |

State | Published - Dec 1 1988 |

Externally published | Yes |

### Publication series

Name | Proc Real Time Syst Symp |
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Volume | 35 n 6 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Software
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications

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*Proc Real Time Syst Symp*(pp. 33-41). (Proc Real Time Syst Symp; Vol. 35 n 6). Publ by IEEE.