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Energy-Aware Scheduling in Decentralised Multi-Cloud Systems

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posted on 2018-06-05, 15:04 authored by Aeshah Yahya Alsughayyir
Cloud computing is an emerging Internet-based computing paradigm that aims to provide many on-demand services, requested nowadays by almost all online users. Although it greatly utilises virtualised environments for applications to be executed efficiently in low-cost hosting, it has turned energy wasting and overconsumption issues into major concerns. Many studies have projected that the energy consumption of cloud data-centres would grow significantly to reach 35% of the total energy consumed worldwide, threatening to further boost the world's energy crisis. Moreover, cloud infrastructure is built on a great amount of server equipment, including high performance computing (HPC), and the servers are naturally prone to failures. In this thesis, we study practically as well as theoretically the feasibility of optimising energy consumption in multi-cloud systems. We explore a deadline-based scheduling problem of executing HPC-applications by a heterogeneous set of clouds that are geographically distributed worldwide. We assume that these clouds participate in a federated approach. The practical part of the thesis has focused on combining two energy dimensions while scheduling HPC-applications (i.e., energy consumed for execution and data transmission). It has considered simultaneously minimising application rejections and deadline violations, to support resource reliability, with energy optimisation. In the theoretical part, we have presented the first online algorithms for the non-pre-emptive scheduling of jobs with agreeable deadlines on heterogeneous parallel processors. Through our developed simulation and experimental analysis using real parallel workloads from large-scale systems, the results evidenced that it is possible to reduce a considerable amount of energy while carefully scheduling cloud applications over a multi-cloud system. We have shown that our practical approaches provide promising energy savings with acceptable level of resource reliability. We believe that our scheduling approaches have particular importance in relation with the main aim of green cloud computing for the necessity of increasing energy efficiency.



Erlebach, Thomas; Raman, Rajeev

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Department of Informatics

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University of Leicester

Qualification level

  • Doctoral

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  • PhD



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