Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
The popularity of cloud-based interactive computing services (e.g., virtual desktops) brings new management challenges. Each interactive user leaves abundant but fluctuating residual resources while being intolerant to latency, precluding the use of aggressive VM consolidation. In this paper, the authors present the Resource Harvester for Interactive Clouds (RHIC), an autonomous management framework that harnesses dynamic residual resources aggressively without slowing the harvested interactive services. RHIC builds ad-hoc clusters for running throughput-oriented \"Background\" workloads using a hybrid of residual and dedicated resources.