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Autonomic Computing, International Conference on (2005)
Seattle, Washington
June 13, 2005 to June 16, 2005
ISBN: 0-7965-2276-9
pp: 39-50
David M. Chess , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Giovanni Pacifici , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Mike Spreitzer , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Malgorzata Steinder , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Asser Tantawi , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
This paper presents an autonomic system in which two managers with different responsibilities collaborate to achieve an overall objective. The first, a node group manager, uses modeling and optimization algorithms to allocate server processes and individual requests among a set of server machines grouped into node groups, and also estimates its ability to fulfill its service-level objectives as a function of the number of server machines available in each node group. The second, a provisioning manager, consumes these estimates from one or more node group managers, and uses them to allocate machines to node groups over a longer timescale. We describe the operation of both managers and the information that flows between them, and present the results of a simple experiment demonstrating the effectiveness of our technique. Furthermore, we relate our architecture to a general autonomic computing architecture based on self-managing resources and patterns of inter-resource collaboration. We also discuss some of the issues involved in incorporating our implementation into existing products in the short term, and describe a number of further directions for this research.

D. M. Chess, M. Steinder, G. Pacifici, A. Tantawi and M. Spreitzer, "Experience with Collaborating Managers: Node Group Manager and Provisioning Manager," Autonomic Computing, International Conference on(ICAC), Seattle, Washington, 2005, pp. 39-50.
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