Task Scheduling Using Intertask Dependencies in Carnot

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The Carnot Project at MCC is addressing the problem of logically unifying physically-distributed, enterprise-wide, heterogeneous information. Carnot will provide a user with the means to navigate information efficiently and transparently, to update that information consistently, and to write applications easily for large, heterogeneous, distributed information systems. A prototype has been implemented which provides services for (a) enterprise modeling and model integration to create an enterprise-wide view, (b) semantic expansion of queries on the view to queries on individual resources, and (c) inter-resource consistency management. This paper describes the Carnot approach to transaction processing in environments where heterogeneous, distributed, and autonomous systems are required to coordinate the update of the local information under their control. In this approach, subtransactions are represented as a set of tasks and a set of intertask dependencies that capture the semantics of a particular relaxed transaction model. A scheduler has been implemented which schedules the execution of these tasks in the Carnot environment so that all intertask dependencies are satisfied.


This paper was presented at the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, May 26-28, 1993 in Washington, D.C.

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