Virtual Appliance Size Optimization with Active Fault Injection

Kecskeméti, Gábor and Terstyánszky, Gábor and Kacsuk, Péter (2012) Virtual Appliance Size Optimization with Active Fault Injection. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS, 23 (10). pp. 1983-1995. ISSN 1045-9219 10.1109/TPDS.2011.309

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Virtual appliances store the required information to instantiate a functional virtual machine on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud systems. Large appliance size obstructs IaaS systems to deliver dynamic and scalable infrastructures according to their promise. To overcome this issue, this article offers a novel technique for virtual appliance developers to publish appliances for the dynamic environments of IaaS systems. Our solution achieves faster virtual machine instantiation by reducing the appliance size while maintaining its key functionality. The new virtual appliance optimization algorithm identifies the removable parts of the appliance. Then, it applies active fault injection to remove the identified parts. Afterwards, our solution assesses the functionality of the reduced virtual appliance by applying the - appliance developer provided - validation algorithms. We also introduce a technique to parallelize the fault injection and validation phases of the algorithm. Finally, the prototype implementation of the algorithm is discussed to demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed algorithm through the optimization of two well-known virtual appliances. Results show that the algorithm significantly decreased virtual machine instantiation time and increased dynamism in IaaS systems.

Item Type: ISI Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics and Computer Science > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science / számítástechnika, számítógéptudomány
Divisions: Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems
Depositing User: EPrints Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 08:40
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 12:26

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