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See detailCost analysis of Smart Lighting Solutions for Smart Cities
Cacciatore, Giuseppe; Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL et al

in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Paris, France, 2017 (2017, May)

Lighting is an essential community service, but current implementations are not energy efficient and impact on the energy budget of the municipalities for at least 40\%. In this paper, we propose ... [more ▼]

Lighting is an essential community service, but current implementations are not energy efficient and impact on the energy budget of the municipalities for at least 40\%. In this paper, we propose heuristics and devise a comparison methodology for new smart lighting solutions in next generation smart cities. The proposed smart lighting techniques make use of Internet of Things (IoT) augmented lamppost, which save energy by turning off or dimming the light according to the presence of citizens. Assessing costs and benefits in adopting the new smart lighting solutions is a pillar step for municipalities to foster real implementation. For evaluation purposes, we have developed a custom simulator which enables the deployment of lampposts in realistic urban environments. The citizens travel on foot along the streets and trigger activation of the lampposts according to the proposed heuristics. For the city of Luxembourg, the results highlight that replacing all existing lamps with LEDs and dimming light intensity according to the presence of users nearby the lampposts is convenient and provides an economical return already after the first year of deployment. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy Efficient Data Collection in Opportunistic Mobile Crowdsensing Architectures for Smart Cities
Capponi, Andrea UL; Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL et al

in 3rd IEEE INFOCOM Workshop on Smart Cites and Urban Computing (2017, May)

Smart cities employ latest information and communication technologies to enhance services for citizens. Sensing is essential to monitor current status of infrastructures and the environment. In Mobile ... [more ▼]

Smart cities employ latest information and communication technologies to enhance services for citizens. Sensing is essential to monitor current status of infrastructures and the environment. In Mobile Crowdsensing (MCS), citizens participate in the sensing process contributing data with their mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and wearables. To be effective, MCS systems require a large number of users to contribute data. While several studies focus on developing efficient incentive mechanisms to foster user participation, data collection policies still require investigation. In this paper, we propose a novel distributed and energy-efficient framework for data collection in opportunistic MCS architectures. Opportunistic sensing systems require minimal intervention from the user side as sensing decisions are application- or device-driven. The proposed framework minimizes the cost of both sensing and reporting, while maximizing the utility of data collection and, as a result, the quality of contributed information. We evaluate performance of the framework with simulations, performed in a real urban environment and with a large number of participants. The simulation results verify cost-effectiveness of the framework and assess efficiency of the data generation process. [less ▲]

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See detailCrowdSenSim: a Simulation Platform for Mobile Crowdsensing in Realistic Urban Environments
Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Capponi, Andrea UL; Cacciatore, Giuseppe UL et al

in IEEE Access (2017)

Smart cities take advantage of recent ICT developments to provide added value to existing public services and improve quality of life for the citizens. The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm makes the ... [more ▼]

Smart cities take advantage of recent ICT developments to provide added value to existing public services and improve quality of life for the citizens. The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm makes the Internet more pervasive where objects equipped with computing, storage and sensing capabilities are interconnected with communication technologies. Because of the widespread diffusion of IoT devices, applying the IoT paradigm to smart cities is an excellent solution to build sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platforms. Having citizens involved in the process through mobile crowdsensing (MCS) techniques augments capabilities of these ICT platforms without additional costs. For proper operation, MCS systems require the contribution from a large number of participants. Simulations are therefore a candidate tool to assess the performance of MCS systems. In this paper, we illustrate the design of CrowdSenSim, a simulator for mobile crowdsensing. CrowdSenSim is designed specifically for realistic urban environments and smart cities services. We demonstrate the effectiveness of CrowdSenSim for the most popular MCS sensing paradigms (participatory and opportunistic) and we present its applicability using a smart public street lighting scenario. [less ▲]

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See detailA Cost-Effective Distributed Framework for Data Collection in Cloud-based Mobile Crowd Sensing Architectures
Capponi, Andrea UL; Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing (2017)

Mobile crowd sensing received significant attention in the recent years and has become a popular paradigm for sensing. It operates relying on the rich set of built-in sensors equipped in mobile devices ... [more ▼]

Mobile crowd sensing received significant attention in the recent years and has become a popular paradigm for sensing. It operates relying on the rich set of built-in sensors equipped in mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. To be effective, mobile crowd sensing systems require a large number of users to contribute data. While several studies focus on developing efficient incentive mechanisms to foster user participation, data collection policies still require investigation. In this paper, we propose a novel distributed and sustainable framework for gathering information in cloud-based mobile crowd sensing systems with opportunistic reporting. The proposed framework minimizes cost of both sensing and reporting, while maximizing the utility of data collection and, as a result, the quality of contributed information. Analytical and simulation results provide performance evaluation for the proposed framework by providing a fine-grained analysis of the energy consumed. The simulations, performed in a real urban environment and with a large number of participants, aim at verifying the performance and scalability of the proposed approach on a large scale under different user arrival patterns. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Improve Power Efficiency in Grinfy System
Ibrahim, Abdallah Ali Zainelabden Abdallah UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL; Bouvry, Pascal UL et al

in IEEE 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science(CloudCom), Luxembourg 2016 (2016, December 13)

Saving power becomes one of the main objectives in information technology industry and research. Companies consume a lot of money in the shape of power consuming. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a ... [more ▼]

Saving power becomes one of the main objectives in information technology industry and research. Companies consume a lot of money in the shape of power consuming. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a new shape of delivering operating systems remotely. Operating systems are executing in a cloud data center. Users desktops and applications can be accessed by using thin client devices. Thin client device is consisting of screen attached with small CPU. VDI has benefits in terms of cost reduction and energy saving. In this paper, we increase the power saved by Grinfy system. Without VDI, Grinfy can save at least 30% of energy consumption to its users companies. By integrating VDI in computing systems and using Grinfy, the power efficiency and saving can be improved and save more than 30%. The improving and increasing of energy saving features of VDI are also illustrated by experiment and will be integrated to Grinfy system to increase percentage of energy saved. [less ▲]

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See detailGame-Theoretic Recruitment of Sensing Service Providers for Trustworthy Cloud-Centric Internet-of-Things (IoT) Applications
Pouryazdan, Maryam; Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Kantarci, Burak et al

in IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) Workshops: Fifth International Workshop on Cloud Computing Systems, Networks, and Applications (CCSNA) (2016, December)

Widespread use of connected smart devices that are equipped with various built-in sensors has introduced the mobile crowdsensing concept to the IoT-driven information and communication applications ... [more ▼]

Widespread use of connected smart devices that are equipped with various built-in sensors has introduced the mobile crowdsensing concept to the IoT-driven information and communication applications. Mobile crowdsensing requires implicit collaboration between the crowdsourcer/recruiter platforms and users. Additionally, users need to be incentivized by the crowdsensing platform because each party aims to maximize their utility. Due to the participatory nature of data collection, trustworthiness and truthfulness pose a grand challenge in crowdsensing systems in the presence of malicious users, who either aim to manipulate sensed data or collaborate unfaithfully with the motivation of maximizing their income. In this paper, we propose a game-theoretic approach for trustworthiness-driven user recruitment in mobile crowdsensing systems that consists of three phases: i) user recruitment, ii) collaborative decision making on trust scores, and iii) badge rewarding. Our proposed framework incentivizes the users through a sub-game perfect equilibrium (SPE) and gamification techniques. Through simulations, we show that the platform utility can be improved by up to the order of 50\% while the average user utility can be increased by at least 15\% when compared to fully-distributed and user-centric trustworthy crowdsensing. [less ▲]

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See detailSociability-Driven User Recruitment in Mobile Crowdsensing Internet of Things Platforms
Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Kantarci, Burak; Anjomshoa, Fazel et al

in IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Washington, DC, USA, 2016 (2016, December)

The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm makes the Internet more pervasive, interconnecting objects of everyday life, and is a promising solution for the development of next- generation services. Smart ... [more ▼]

The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm makes the Internet more pervasive, interconnecting objects of everyday life, and is a promising solution for the development of next- generation services. Smart cities exploit the most advanced information technologies to improve and add value to existing public services. Applying the IoT paradigm to smart cities is fundamental to build sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platforms. Having citizens involved in the process through mobile crowdsensing (MCS) techniques unleashes potential benefits as MCS augments the capabilities of the platform without additional costs. Recruitment of participants is a key challenge when MCS systems assign sensing tasks to the users. Proper recruitment both minimizes the cost and maximizes the return, such as the number and the accuracy of accomplished tasks. In this paper, we propose a novel user recruitment policy for data acquisition in mobile crowdsensing systems. The policy can be employed in two modes, namely sociability-driven mode and distance-based mode. Sociability stands for the willingness of users in contributing to sensing tasks. Furthermore, we propose a novel metric to assess the efficiency of any recruitment policy in terms of the number of users contacted and the ones actually recruited. Performance evaluation, conducted in a real urban environment for a large number of participants, reveals the effectiveness of sociability-driven user recruitment as the average number of recruited users improves by at least a factor of two. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing Performance of Internet of Things-based Mobile Crowdsensing Systems for Sensing as a Service Applications in Smart Cities
Capponi, Andrea UL; Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Franck, Christian UL et al

in 8th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom) (2016, December)

The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm makes the Internet more pervasive. IoT devices are objects equipped with computing, storage and sensing capabilities and they are interconnected with communication ... [more ▼]

The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm makes the Internet more pervasive. IoT devices are objects equipped with computing, storage and sensing capabilities and they are interconnected with communication technologies. Smart cities exploit the most advanced information technologies to improve public services. For being effective, smart cities require a massive amount of data, typically gathered from sensors. The application of the IoT paradigm to smart cities is an excellent solution to build sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platforms and to produce a large amount of data following Sensing as a Service (S^2aaS) business models. Having citizens involved in the process through mobile crowdsensing (MCS) techniques unleashes potential benefits as MCS augments the capabilities of existing sensing platforms. To this date, it remains an open challenge to quantify the costs the users sustain to contribute data with IoT devices such as the energy from the batteries and the amount of data generated at city-level. In this paper, we analyze existing solutions, we provide guidelines to design a large-scale urban level simulator and we present preliminary results from a prototype. [less ▲]

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See detailVirtual Desktop Infrastructures: architecture, survey and green aspects proof of concept
Ibrahim, Abdallah Ali Zainelabden Abdallah UL; Bouvry, Pascal UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL et al

in 7th INTERNATIONAL GREEN and SUSTAINABLE COMPUTING CONFERENCE (1st RE-HPC workshop), Hangzhou, China (November 2016) (2016, November 07)

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a new generation of cloud service in which users operating systems execute in a cloud data center. Users can access their desktops and applications by using thin ... [more ▼]

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a new generation of cloud service in which users operating systems execute in a cloud data center. Users can access their desktops and applications by using thin client devices. This thin client is consisting of only a screen attached with low power CPU. This new paradigm of delivering remote desktop provides benefits in terms of flexibility, cost reduction, data security and energy saving which are the green benefits from using VDI. VDI becomes an important technology in green computing and energy saving. In this paper, we present and review the green benefits for using VDI in large and small organizations. The usefulness and energy-saving features of VDI are also illustrated by some experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy-efficient Communications in Cloud, Mobile Cloud and Fog Computing
Fiandrino, Claudio UL

Doctoral thesis (2016)

This thesis studies the problem of energy efficiency of communications in distributed computing paradigms, including cloud computing, mobile cloud computing and fog/edge computing. Distributed computing ... [more ▼]

This thesis studies the problem of energy efficiency of communications in distributed computing paradigms, including cloud computing, mobile cloud computing and fog/edge computing. Distributed computing paradigms have significantly changed the way of doing business. With cloud computing, companies and end users can access the vast majority services online through a virtualized environment in a pay-as-you-go basis. %Three are the main services typically consumed by cloud users are Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Mobile cloud and fog/edge computing are the natural extension of the cloud computing paradigm for mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Based on offloading, the process of outsourcing computing tasks from mobile devices to the cloud, mobile cloud and fog/edge computing paradigms have become popular techniques to augment the capabilities of the mobile devices and to reduce their battery drain. Being equipped with a number of sensors, the proliferation of mobile and IoT devices has given rise to a new cloud-based paradigm for collecting data, which is called mobile crowdsensing as for proper operation it requires a large number of participants. A plethora of communication technologies is applicable to distributing computing paradigms. For example, cloud data centers typically implement wired technologies while mobile cloud and fog/edge environments exploit wireless technologies such as 3G/4G, WiFi and Bluetooth. Communication technologies directly impact the performance and the energy drain of the system. This Ph.D. thesis analyzes from a global perspective the efficiency in using energy of communications systems in distributed computing paradigms. In particular, the following contributions are proposed: - A new framework of performance metrics for communication systems of cloud computing data centers. The proposed framework allows a fine-grain analysis and comparison of communication systems, processes, and protocols, defining their influence on the performance of cloud applications. - A novel model for the problem of computation offloading, which describes the workflow of mobile applications through a new Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) technique. This methodology is suitable for IoT devices working in fog computing environments and was used to design an Android application, called TreeGlass, which performs recognition of trees using Google Glass. TreeGlass is evaluated experimentally in different offloading scenarios by measuring battery drain and time of execution as key performance indicators. - In mobile crowdsensing systems, novel performance metrics and a new framework for data acquisition, which exploits a new policy for user recruitment. Performance of the framework are validated through CrowdSenSim, which is a new simulator designed for mobile crowdsensing activities in large scale urban scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart Probabilistic Fingerprinting for Indoor Localization over Fog Computing Platforms
Sciarrone, Andrea; Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Bisio, Igor et al

in IEEE 5th International Conference on Cloud Networking (CloudNet), Pisa, Italy (2016, October)

Indoor navigation and localization are becoming fundamental services nowadays. WiFi-based solutions such as FingerPrinting (FP) are the most widely adopted techniques for positioning and provide better ... [more ▼]

Indoor navigation and localization are becoming fundamental services nowadays. WiFi-based solutions such as FingerPrinting (FP) are the most widely adopted techniques for positioning and provide better results if compared to other approaches. It requires to compare WiFi Received Signal Strength (RSS) with an pre-computed radio map called fingerprint. The recently proposed Smart Probabilistic FingerPrinting (P-FP) algorithm reduces the computational complexity of the traditional FP approach without any accuracy detriment. On the other hand, fog computing has emerged as a new promising paradigm in the recent years, which extends traditional mobile cloud computing capabilities towards the edge of the network and enables location- aware services. In this paper we propose to offload Smart P-FP computation over a fog platform exploiting a novel distributed algorithm. Performance evaluation validates the effectiveness of the proposed approach with the analysis of: i) the amount of power saved and ii) the efficiency of candidate selection process for offloading. Having 2 or more devices in the vicinity contributing to the computation makes offloading beneficial from a power standpoint. The offloading effectiveness increases with the number of devices willing to contribute and the amount of data to be transferred. Power savings can be as high as 80% if compared with local computation. [less ▲]

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See detailOn Service Level Agreement Assurance in Cloud Computing Data Centers
Ibrahim, Abdallah Ali Zainelabden Abdallah UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL; Bouvry, Pascal UL

in IEEE 9th International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD), San Francisco, USA (June 2016) (2016, June 27)

Cloud computing uses internet data centers to host applications and data storage. Cloud computing resources and services are offered to customers on pay-per-use model while the quality of the offered ... [more ▼]

Cloud computing uses internet data centers to host applications and data storage. Cloud computing resources and services are offered to customers on pay-per-use model while the quality of the offered resources and services are defined using service level agreements also known as SLAs. Unfortunately, there is no standard mechanism to verify and assure that services delivered by the cloud provider satisfy the SLA agreement in an automatic way. To fill this gap we propose a framework for SLA assurance, which can be used by both cloud providers and cloud users. The proposed framework assesses performance of cloud applications with and without introducing system and component failures and then helps to resolve or mitigate failures to assure the required quality of cloud applications. The evaluation results obtained through simulations and using testbed experiments demonstrate good agreement with the design objectives. [less ▲]

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See detailService Level Agreemnet Assurance between Cloud Services Providers and CLoud Customers
Ibrahim, Abdallah Ali Zainelabden Abdallah UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL; Bouvry, Pascal UL

in Butterfield, Evan; Kellenberger, Patrick (Eds.) Proceedings of 16th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing CCGrid 2016 (2016, May 19)

Cloud services providers deliver cloud services to cloud customers on pay-per-use model while the quality of the provided services are defined using service level agreements also known as SLAs ... [more ▼]

Cloud services providers deliver cloud services to cloud customers on pay-per-use model while the quality of the provided services are defined using service level agreements also known as SLAs. Unfortunately, there is no standard mechanism which exists to verify and assure that delivered services satisfy the signed SLA agreement in an automatic way. There is no guarantee in terms of quality. Those applications have many performance metrics. In this doctoral thesis, we propose a framework for SLA assurance, which can be used by both cloud providers and cloud users. Inside the proposed framework, we will define the performance metrics for the different applications. We will assess the applications performance in different testing environment to assure good services quality as mentioned in SLA. The proposed framework will be evaluated through simulations and using testbed experiments. After testing the applications performance by measuring the performance metrics, we will review the time correlations between those metrics. [less ▲]

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See detailNetwork Coding-based Content Distribution in Cellular Access Networks
Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL; Bouvry, Pascal UL et al

in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016 (2016, May)

Mobile cloud applications have become extremely popular in the last years. Location-based services, navigation, online gaming and social networking are a representative set of “always on” cloud ... [more ▼]

Mobile cloud applications have become extremely popular in the last years. Location-based services, navigation, online gaming and social networking are a representative set of “always on” cloud applications in which the same or partially overlapping content is delivered to multiple users. Network coding is a well matching solution to improve content delivery. In this paper we propose the vNC-CELL technique, which uses network coding to combine information flows carrying the same or overlapping content that has to be delivered to co-located users. vNC-CELL executes coding functionalities in a mobile cloud through virtualization as these operations are computationally intensive if performed locally at the base station. Performance evaluation obtained from NS-3 simulations confirms vNC-CELL ability to improve network throughput and reduce download times for the users. [less ▲]

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See detailPower Comparison of Cloud Data Center Architectures
Ruiu, Pietro; Bianco, Andrea; Fiandrino, Claudio UL et al

in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016 (2016, May)

Power consumption is a primary concern for cloud computing data centers. Being the network one of the non- negligible contributors to energy consumption in data centers, several architectures have been ... [more ▼]

Power consumption is a primary concern for cloud computing data centers. Being the network one of the non- negligible contributors to energy consumption in data centers, several architectures have been designed with the goal of improv- ing network performance and energy-efficiency. In this paper, we provide a comparison study of data center architectures, covering both classical two- and three-tier design and state-of-art ones as Jupiter, recently disclosed by Google. Specifically, we analyze the combined effect on the overall system performance of different power consumption profiles for the IT equipment and of different resource allocation policies. Our experiments, performed in small and large scale scenarios, unveil the ability of network-aware allocation policies in loading the the data center in a energy-proportional manner and the robustness of classical two- and three-tier design under network-oblivious allocation strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailMinimum Dependencies Energy-Efficient Scheduling in Data Centers
Zotkiewicz, Mateusz UL; Guzek, Mateusz UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems (2016)

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See detailCA-DAG: Modeling Communication-Aware Applications for Scheduling in Cloud Computing
Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL; Pecero, Johnatan E.; Tchernykh, Andrei et al

in Journal of Grid Computing (2016), 14(1), 23-39

This paper addresses performance issues of resource allocation in cloud computing. We review requirements of different cloud applications and identify the need of considering communication processes ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses performance issues of resource allocation in cloud computing. We review requirements of different cloud applications and identify the need of considering communication processes explicitly and equally to the computing tasks. Following this observation, we propose a new communication-aware model of cloud computing applications, called CA-DAG. This model is based on Directed Acyclic Graphs that in addition to computing vertices include separate vertices to represent communications. Such a representation allows making separate resource allocation decisions: assigning processors to handle computing jobs, and network resources for information transmissions. The proposed CA-DAG model creates space for optimization of a number of existing solutions to resource allocation and for developing novel scheduling schemes of improved efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy-Efficient Computation Offloading for Wearable Devices and Smartphones in Mobile Cloud Computing
Ragona, Claudio; Fiandrino, Claudio UL; Kliazovich, Dzmitry UL et al

in IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), San Diego, CA, USA, 2015 (2015, December)

Wearable devices are becoming increasingly popu- lar and are expected to become essential in our everyday life. De- spite continuous improvement of hardware, the lifetime of mobile devices and their ... [more ▼]

Wearable devices are becoming increasingly popu- lar and are expected to become essential in our everyday life. De- spite continuous improvement of hardware, the lifetime of mobile devices and their capabilities still remain a concern. Small size of batteries of smart watches, glasses, helmets and gloves limits the amount of computing, storage and communication resources. Mobile cloud computing can augment the capabilities of wearable devices by helping to execute some of the computing tasks in the cloud. Such computational offloading helps to preserve battery power at the cost of more intensive communications with the cloud. In this paper, we present a model and comprehensive analysis for computational offloading between wearable devices and clouds in realistic setups. [less ▲]

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See detailDistributed Adaptive VoIP Load Balancing in Hybrid Clouds
Cortés-Mendoza, Jorge Mario; Tchernykh, Andrei; Drozdov, Alexander et al

Scientific Conference (2015, September)

Cloud computing as a powerful economic stimulus widely being adopted by many companies. However, the management of cloud infrastructure is a challenging task. Reliability, security, quality of service ... [more ▼]

Cloud computing as a powerful economic stimulus widely being adopted by many companies. However, the management of cloud infrastructure is a challenging task. Reliability, security, quality of service, and cost-efficiency are important issues in these systems. They require resource optimization at multiple layers of the infrastructure and applications. The complexity of cloud computing systems makes infeasible the optimal resource allocation, especially in presence of uncertainty of very dynamic and unpredictable environment. Hence, load balancing algorithms are a fundamental part of the research in cloud computing. We formulate the problem of load balancing in distributed computer environments and review several algorithms. The goal is to understand the main characteristics of dynamic load balancing algorithms and how they can be adapted for the domain of VoIP computations on hybrid clouds. We conclude by showing how none of these works directly addresses the problem space of the considered problem, but do provide a valuable basis for our work. [less ▲]

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See detailService Level Agreement Assurance in Cloud Computing Data Centers
Ibrahim, Abdallah Ali Zainelabden Abdallah UL

Bachelor/master dissertation (2015)

SaaS is providing cloud applications like all the normal classes of applications of normal computing like the web applications, file applications, email applications, real-time applications, highly ... [more ▼]

SaaS is providing cloud applications like all the normal classes of applications of normal computing like the web applications, file applications, email applications, real-time applications, highly interactive applications, massive data analysis applications, high performance computing applications and mobile cloud applications. Cloud computing uses the internet data centers to host the applications and data storage and also the processing power in the addition to the virtualization. Clouds are a huge stack of easily and usefully virtualized services and resources (Like software, platform and hardware). These resources are used by people all over the world and dynamically configured to accommodate more and more load and scale to a huge number of users. This stack of resources and services is delivered to the customers by a pay-per-use model which verifies that the services provided by the cloud providers are provided by means of service level agreements. In this master thesis, we present an assurance to the service level agreement between the cloud users and the cloud services providers by trying to assess and evaluate the cloud computing data centers services and applications provided to the cloud users. Also we introduce mathematical test models for the web, file, real time and distributed applications. We can use these test models to see the behavior of the applications over a long time. In this master thesis, we classify the cloud applications into 8 different classes of applications and then identify the failures and problems which affect these cloud applications. We classify also all failures types which may occur in cloud data centers like network failures, physical server failures, VM unavailability, individual failures racks and individual component failures. We got the important metrics for each class of applications and developed real scenarios for four classes. Then, we introduce different failures to these scenarios to see what is the impact in the most important metrics of applications. Then, we simulate these scenarios in Network Simulator 2. Finally, we solved and mitigated the failures in simulation by using two failure mitigation techniques. The first one is the virtual machine migration and redundancy. The second technique is the forward error correction. Experimental results acquired over the course of this master's thesis give an assessment and verification of the cloud applications services provided by the cloud provider data centers. And also verify that the cloud data center provider gives their users the best services performance and high QoS, we use this verification to assure SLA response times metric and a good quality and performance of services as mentioned inside the SLA document. This verification will be given to the cloud customers. [less ▲]

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