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    Towards the Automatic Detection of Efficient Computing Assets in a Heterogeneous Cloud Environment
    (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 2013-06-03) ; ; ; ;
    In a heterogeneous cloud environment, the manual grading of computing assets is the first step in the process of configuring IT infrastructures to ensure optimal utilization of resources. Grading the efficiency of computing assets is however, a difficult, subjective and time consuming manual task. Thus, an automatic efficiency grading algorithm is highly desirable. In this paper, we compare the effectiveness of the different criteria used in the manual grading task for automatically determining the efficiency grading of a computing asset. We report results on a dataset of 1,200 assets from two different data centers in IBM Toronto. Our preliminary results show that electrical costs (associated with power and cooling) appear to be even more informative than hardware and age based criteria as a means of determining the efficiency grade of an asset. Our analysis also indicates that the effectiveness of the various efficiency criteria is dependent on the asset demographic of the data centre under consideration.
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    Scalable Correlation-aware Virtual Machine Consolidation Using Two-phase Clustering
    (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 2015-07-24) ; ; ;
    Server consolidation is the most common and effective method to save energy and increase resource utilization in data centers, and virtual machine (VM) placement is the usual way of achieving server consolidation. VM placement is however challenging given the scale of IT infrastructures nowadays and the risk of resource contention among co-located VMs after consolidation. Therefore, the correlation among VMs to be co-located need to be considered. However, existing solutions do not address the scalability issue that arises once the number of VMs increases to an order of magnitude that makes it unrealistic to calculate the correlation between each pair of VMs. In this paper, we propose a correlation-aware VM consolidation solution ScalCCon1, which uses a novel two-phase clustering scheme to address the aforementioned scalability problem. We propose and demonstrate the benefits of using the two-phase clustering scheme in comparison to solutions using one-phase clustering (up to 84% reduction of execution time when 17, 446 VMs are considered). Moreover, our solution manages to reduce the number of physical machines (PMs) required, as well as the number of performance violations, compared to existing correlation-based approaches.
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