Towards Understanding Cloud Usage through Resource Allocation Analysis on XSEDE

In shared resource environments, usage data is necessary to identify utilization of the infrastructure by users. Many cloud platforms recently started to collect measurements for use of resources that can be applied to billing and monitoring. Understanding utilization and performance through these measurements is crucial in the infrastructure in order to provide better cloud provisioning, system management and capacity planning. In this paper, the authors present an integrated cloud accounting solution on XSEDE, cloud metrics, to measure cloud resource usage across several cloud platforms such as OpenStack, nimbus, and eucalyptus.

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Indiana University