Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)
In a business model for Cloud computing, users pay providers for consumption of their computing capabilities. This paper proposes an agent-based testbed for bolstering the discovery of Cloud resources and SLA negotiation. In the testbed, provider and consumer agents act as intermediaries between providers and consumers. Through a 4-stage resource discovery process (selection, evaluation, filtering, and recommendation), a set of broker agents match consumers' requests to advertisements from providers. Following the matching of requests to resources, consumer and provider agents negotiate for mutually acceptable resource time slots.