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2017 IEEE 5th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud) (2017)
Prague, Czech Republic
Aug. 21, 2017 to Aug. 23, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5386-2074-8
pp: 10-17
ABSTRACT
In the highly competitive business environment of Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds, Quality of Service (QoS) and fair pricing are of paramount importance for differentiating between similar cloud providers. In such platforms, the workload computational demand variability may have a significant impact on the system performance and thus on the provider's Service Level Agreement (SLA) commitments. Towards this direction, in this paper we consider a SaaS cloud with a multi-tier SLA that focuses on the fair billing of the end-users, according to the provided level of QoS. The workload consists of bag-of-tasks jobs, which are scheduled on the underlying virtualized host environment. The jobs have soft deadlines and different levels of variability in their computational demands. The effect of the workload computational demand variability on the system performance, under the employed multi-tier SLA, is investigated via simulation. The experimental evaluation provides useful insights into the impact of computational demand variability on the performance of the SaaS cloud under study.
INDEX TERMS
cloud computing, contracts, pricing, quality of service
CITATION

G. L. Stavrinides and H. D. Karatza, "The Effect of Workload Computational Demand Variability on the Performance of a SaaS Cloud with a Multi-tier SLA," 2017 IEEE 5th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud (FiCloud), Prague, Czech Republic, 2017, pp. 10-17.
doi:10.1109/FiCloud.2017.26
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