Crowdsourcing and CCTV: the effect of interface, financial bonus and video type

Paul Dunphy, James Nicholson, Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Pamela Briggs, Patrick Olivier

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Volunteer computing systems provide an easy mechanism for users who wish to perform large amounts of High Throughput Computing work. However, if the Volunteer Computing system is deployed over a shared set of computers where interactive users can seize back control of the computers this can lead to wasted computational effort and hence wasted energy. Determining on which resource to deploy a particular piece of work, or even to choose not to deploy the work at the current time, is a difficult problem to solve, depending both on the expected free time available on the computers within the Volunteer computing system and the expected runtime of the work - both of which are difficult to determine a-priori. We develop here a Reinforcement Learning approach to solving this problem and demonstrate that it can provide a reduction in energy consumption between 30% and 53% depending on whether we can tolerate an increase in the overheads incurred.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherNewcastle University
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


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