Title: Gustav: CPU accounting for small-sized grid infrastructures

Authors: Roberto Barbera; Emidio Giorgio; Soonwook Hwang; Gianni M. Ricciardi

Addresses: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Catania, Catania, Italy. ' Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy. ' Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea. ' Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea

Abstract: Geographically distributed computational infrastructures, based on the grid paradigm, are increasingly coming out of the research sphere where they originated, presenting themselves as a candidate for low-effort business solution for accessing and using vast computing infrastructures, much larger than those that small-to-medium enterprises can usually afford building 'in-house'. In such scenario, accounting and billing systems play a key role, as any business model cannot opt out of instruments showing who has used how many resources in a given period of time. For this reason, several grid middleware accounting systems have been developed in the last years. Such accounting systems are generally targeted for large-sized infrastructures. However, sometimes different needs arise, especially for smaller grid sites participating in large distributed infrastructures. Gustav aims to fulfil some of these requirements in a simple and reliable way, and could be considered as an alternative approach to CPU accounting for grid sites.

Keywords: CPU usage accounting; gLite; LSF; Torque; Gustav; grid middleware accounting systems; small-sized grid infrastructures; grid computing; small to medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; CPU accounting.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2012.047759

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2012 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.89 - 96

Received: 11 Jan 2011
Accepted: 14 Jul 2011

Published online: 20 Dec 2014 *

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