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Issue No. 02 - March-April (2013 vol. 17)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 28-34
Dan Williams , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Hani Jamjoom , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Hakim Weatherspoon , Cornell University
Cloud computing is often compared to the power utility model, but today's cloud providers don't simply supply raw computing resources as a commodity; they also act as distributors, dictating cloud services that aren't compatible across providers. A supercloud is a cloud service distribution layer that's completely decoupled from the provider. Leveraging a nested paravirtualization layer called the Xen-Blanket, the supercloud maintains the control necessary to implement hypervisor-level services and management. Using the Xen-Blanket to transform various cloud provider services into a unified offering, the authors have deployed a supercloud across the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, an enterprise cloud, and Cornell University.
Cloud computing, Virtual machine monitors, Generators, Servers, Benchmark testing, virtualization, operating systems, distributed systems, cloud computing

H. Weatherspoon, H. Jamjoom and D. Williams, "Plug into the Supercloud," in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 17, no. , pp. 28-34, 2013.
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