Date Added: Mar 2010
A large number of user requests execute (often concurrently) within a server system. A single request may exhibit fluctuating hardware characteristics (such as instruction completion rate and on-chip resource usage) over the course of its execution, due to inherent variations in application execution semantics as well as dynamic resource competition on resource-sharing processors like multi-cores. Understanding such behavior variations can assist fine-grained request modeling and adaptive resource management. This paper presents operating system management to track request behavior variations online.