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Virtual Machine Hosting for Networked Clusters: Building the Foundations for "Autonomic" Orchestration

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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.

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Virtualization Technology in Distributed Computing, 2006. VTDC 2006. First International Workshop on

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17-17 Nov. 2006