ABACUS: An auction-based approach to cloud service differentiation

Zhenjie Zhang, Richard T.B. Ma, Jianbing Ding, Yin Yang

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Abstract

The emergence of the cloud computing paradigm has greatly enabled innovative service models, such as Platform as a Service (PaaS), and distributed computing frameworks, such as MapReduce. However, most existing cloud systems fail to distinguish users with different preferences, or jobs of different natures. Consequently, they are unable to provide service differentiation, leading to inefficient allocations of cloud resources. Moreover, contentions on the resources exacerbate this inefficiency, when prioritizing crucial jobs is necessary, but impossible. Motivated by this, we propose Abacus, a generic resource management framework addressing this problem. Abacus interacts with users through an auction mechanism, which allows users to specify their priorities using budgets, and job characteristics via utility functions. Based on this information, Abacus computes the optimal allocation and scheduling of resources. Meanwhile, the auction mechanism in Abacus possesses important properties including incentive compatibility (i.e., the users' best strategy is to simply bid their true budgets and job utilities) and monotonicity (i.e., users are motivated to increase their budgets in order to receive better services). In addition, when the user is unclear about her utility function, Abacus automatically learns this function based on statistics of her previous jobs. An extensive set of experiments, running on Hadoop, demonstrate the high performance and other desirable properties of Abacus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering, IC2E 2013
Pages292-301
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2013
Event1st IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering, IC2E 2013 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 25 Mar 201328 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering, IC2E 2013

Other

Other1st IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering, IC2E 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period25/3/1328/3/13

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Zhang, Z., Ma, R. T. B., Ding, J., & Yang, Y. (2013). ABACUS: An auction-based approach to cloud service differentiation. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering, IC2E 2013 (pp. 292-301). [6529296] (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering, IC2E 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/IC2E.2013.43