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The increasing demand for cloud computing resources has led to a commensurate increase in the operating power consumption of the systems that comprise the cloud. In this paper, we introduce a novel framework combining load demand prediction and stochastic state transition models. We claim that our model will lead to optimal cloud resource allocation by minimizing energy consumed while maintaining required performance levels. We characterize the ability of neural network and auto-regressive linear prediction algorithms to forecast loads in cloud data center applications. In this paper, the performance of our models against two sets of data at multiple look-ahead times is also presented.
Date of Conference: 27-30 June 2011