54. DYNAMIC DEFERRAL OF WORKLOAD FOR CAPACITY PROVISIONING IN DATA CENTERS

Department: Computer Science & Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Rajesh Gupta

Primary Student
Name: Muhammad Abdullah Adnan
Email: madnan@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-952-4196
Grad Year: 2013

Abstract
Recent increase in energy prices has led researchers to find better ways for capacity provisioning in data centers to reduce energy wastage due to the variation in workload. This research work explores the opportunity for cost saving utilizing the flexibility from the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and proposes a novel approach for capacity provisioning under bounded latency requirements of the workload. We investigate how many servers to be kept active and how much workload to be delayed for energy saving while meeting every deadline. We present an offline LP formulation for capacity provisioning by dynamic deferral and give two online algorithms to determine the capacity of the data center and the assignment of workload to servers dynamically. We prove the feasibility of the online algorithms and show that their worst case performance are bounded by a constant factor with respect to the offline formulation. We validate our algorithms on a MapReduce workload by provisioning capacity on a Hadoop cluster and show that the algorithms actually perform much better in practice compared to the naive `follow the workload' provisioning, resulting in 20-40% cost-savings.

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  1. http://csetechrep.ucsd.edu/Dienst/UI/2.0/Describe/ncstrl.ucsd_cse/CS2011-0970

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