Utilization-based admission control for scalable real-time communication

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We propose a utilization-based schedulability and admission control mechanism for distributed systems with workload aggregation to achieve scalability. We use the differentiated services (diffserv) architecture to describe and illustrate our approach. Scalability of admission control is achieved by determining off-line safe levels of server utilization. Scalability during the connection lifetimes is provided by the aggregation mechanisms (for example, class-based scheduling) provided by the diffserv architecture. Our evaluations show that our system's admission probabilities are very close to those of significantly more expensive approaches, which do not allow for workload aggregation. At the same time, admission control overhead during flow establishment is very low.

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Real-Time Systems