Title: eduCloud: a VM communication aware, migration efficient cloud for scientific computing

Authors: Biju K. Raveendran; Pravin Joshi; Sahil Mittal

Addresses: BITS, Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar-403726, Goa, India ' BITS, Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar-403726, Goa, India ' BITS, Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar-403726, Goa, India

Abstract: A computing cloud for research and educational sector should consider different performance factors like reducing VM-VM communication cost, reducing VM migrations, and reducing VM-shared resource communication cost (like a shared file system). This work proposes eduCloud, a cloud for educational institutions with optimised approaches for VM placement, virtual machine (VM) reallocation during cloud fragmentation and cloud consolidation. For reducing communication costs, eduCloud employs a graph-based algorithm which operates on affinity matrix that contains information about magnitude of communication within several VMs. Proposed approach is able to achieve a reduction of 16.44% on average in total communication cost as compared to approaches like vector dot. 5.73% reduction in total communication is achieved over tight fitting approaches like first fit and volume-based. Percentage of in-place unfulfilled demands is reduced by 5.9% as compared to tight fitting algorithms by under provisioning the physical machines maintaining cloud utilisation and resource wastage levels. eduCloud also incorporates reallocation and consolidation routines which decrease communication cost by 5.57%. The distributed version of eduCloud yields very inexpensive Job allocation times of 775.18 ms and 218.43 ms for communicating and non-communicating jobs, respectively.

Keywords: cloud; VM allocation; VM expansion; under provisioning; distributed VM allocator; VM consolidation; VM reallocation; in place unfulfilled demands; VM communication affinity matrix; VM communication cost.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCNDS.2017.083837

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, 2017 Vol.18 No.3/4, pp.329 - 352

Received: 20 Nov 2015
Accepted: 25 Oct 2016

Published online: 18 Apr 2017 *

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