Virtual machine hosting for networked clusters: Building the foundations for "autonomic" orchestration


Journal Article

Virtualization technology offers powerful resource management mechanisms, including performance-isolating resource schedulers, live migration, and suspend/resume. But how should networked virtual computing systems use these mechanisms? A grand challenge is to devise practical policies to drive these mechanisms in a self-managing or "autonomic" system, without relying on human operators. This paper explores architectural and algorithmic issues for resource management policy and orchestration in Shirako, a system for on-demand leasing of shared networked resources in federated clusters. Shirako enables a flexible factoring of resource management functions across the participants in a federated system, to accommodate a range of models of distributed virtual computing. We present extensions to Shirako to provision fine-grained virtual machine "slivers" and drive virtual machine migration. We illustrate the interactions of provisioning and placement/migration policies, and their impact. © 2006 IEEE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Grit, L; Irwin, D; Yumerefendi, A; Chase, J

Published Date

  • December 1, 2006

Published In

  • Vtdc 2006 2nd International Workshop on Virtualization Technology in Distributed Computing; Held in Conjunction With Sc06

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/VTDC.2006.17

Citation Source

  • Scopus