Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: Application Domains

Capacity Planning in Cluster, Grid and Cloud Computing

Cluster, Grid and more recently Cloud computing platforms aim at delivering large capacities of computing power. These capacities can be used to improve performance (for scientific applications) or availability (e.g., for Internet services hosted by datacenters). These distributed infrastructures consist of a group of coupled computers that work together and may be spread across a LAN (cluster), across a WAN (Grid), and across the Internet (Clouds). Due to their large scale, these architectures require permanent adaptation, from the application to the system level and call for automation of the corresponding adaptation processes. We focus on self-configuration and self-optimization functionalities across the whole software stack: from the lower levels (systems mechanisms such as distributed file systems for instance) to the higher ones (i.e. the applications themselves such as J2EE clustered servers or scientific grid applications).

In 2015, we have proposed VMPlaces, a dedicated framework to evaluate and compare VM placement algorithms. Globally the framework is composed of two major components: the injector and the VM placement algorithm. The injector constitutes the generic part of the framework (i.e. the one you can directly use) while the VM placement algorithm is the component a user wants to study (or compare with other existing algorithms), see Sec.  7.4 .

In the energy field, we have designed a set of techniques, named Optiplace, for cloud management with flexible power models through constraint programming. OptiPlace supports external models, named views. Specifically, we have developed a power view, based on generic server models, to define and reduce the power consumption of a datacenter's physical servers. We have shown that OptiPlace behaves at least as good as our previous system, Entropy, requiring as low as half the time to find a solution for the constrained-based placement of tasks for large datacenters.