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Cloud computing has the potential to bring sophisticated computing facility at the door-steps of users. The performance of services hosted at a cloud generally depends on its computation, storage and networking models. Since the storage and communication costs in a data-intensive application usually dominate the overall cost, the authors analyze the performance of the storage and communication facilities of a cloud. Little work has been done to measure the performance of existing cloud facilities. In this project, they experiment on the Open Cirrus cloud computing research testbed located at the University of Illinois. The authors evaluate the performance of this cloud environment while providing service to users located at different parts of the world.
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