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Measured Characteristics of FutureGrid Clouds for Scalable Collaborative Sensor-Centric Grid Applications

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Executive Summary

The emergence of cloud technology has raised a renewed emphasis on the issue of scalable on-demand computing. Cloud back-end support of small devices such as sensors and mobile phones is one important application. The authors report the preliminary study of measured characteristics of distributed cloud computing infrastructure for collaboration of sensor-centric applications on the FutureGrid. They focus on understanding the characteristics of the underlying network and its impact on multipoint, distributed cloud scalability. They report the findings in areas of performance, scalability and reliability at the network level using standard network performance tools. They measure data at the message level using the NaradaBrokering system by the Indiana University Community Grids Laboratory which supports a large number of practical communication protocols.

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