An analytical model for source code distributability verification

Isazadeh A., Karimpour J., Elgedawy I., Izadkhah H.

JOURNAL OF ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY-SCIENCE C-COMPUTERS & ELECTRONICS, vol.15, no.2, pp.126-138, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1631/jzus.c1300066
  • Page Numbers: pp.126-138


One way to speed up the execution of sequential programs is to divide them into concurrent segments and execute such segments in a parallel manner over a distributed computing environment. We argue that the execution speedup primarily depends on the concurrency degree between the identified segments as well as communication overhead between the segments. To guarantee the best speedup, we have to obtain the maximum possible concurrency degree between the identified segments, taking communication overhead into consideration. Existing code distributor and multi-threading approaches do not fulfill such requirements; hence, they cannot provide expected distributability gains in advance. To overcome such limitations, we propose a novel approach for verifying the distributability of sequential object-oriented programs. The proposed approach enables users to see the maximum speedup gains before the actual distributability implementations, as it computes an objective function which is used to measure different distribution values from the same program, taking into consideration both remote and sequential calls. Experimental results showed that the proposed approach successfully determines the distributability of different real-life software applications compared with their real-life sequential and distributed implementations.