Virtual Machine Trading in a Federation of Clouds: Individual Profit and Social Welfare Maximization

Provided by: University of Hohenheim
Topic: Cloud
Format: PDF
By sharing resources among different cloud providers, the paradigm of federated clouds exploits temporal availability of resources and geographical diversity of operational costs for efficient job service. While interoperability issues across different cloud platforms in a cloud federation have been extensively studied, fundamental questions on cloud economics remain: When and how should a cloud trade resources (e.g., virtual machines) with others, such that its net profit is maximized over the long run, while a close-to-optimal social welfare in the entire federation can also be guaranteed? To answer this question, a number of important, inter-related decisions, including job scheduling, server provisioning and resource pricing, should be dynamically and jointly made, while the long-term profit optimality is pursued.

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