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Large-scale distributed systems provide an attractive scalable infrastructure for network applications. However, the loosely-coupled nature of this environment can make data access unpredictable, and in the limit, unavailable. The authors introduce the notion of accessibility to capture both availability and performance. An increasing number of data intensive applications require not only considerations of node computation power but also accessibility for adequate job allocations. For instance, selecting a node with intolerably slow connections can offset any benefit to running on a fast node. In this paper, they present accessibility-aware resource selection techniques by which it is possible to choose nodes that will have efficient data access to remote data sources.
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