CULTIVATING CLOUD COMPUTING - A Performance Evaluation of Virtual Image Propagation & I/O Paravirtualization

Django Armstrong, Karim Djemame


Cloud Computing continues to be a rapidly evolving and prevalent paradigm where Quality of Service has a pivotal role to play in guaranteeing performance and provisioning of resources on-demand in a timely fashion. Improvements to the performance of Cloud technology ensure provider profitability and an increased number of applications that can make use of a Cloud where overheads would have otherwise limited usage. This paper presents the results of a quantitative evaluation into the performance overheads of propagating Virtual Machine images to physical resources, at the Infrastructure as a Service layer and then accessing the images, via a Hypervisor’s virtual block I/O device. Two Virtual Infrastructure Managers are evaluated: Nimbus and OpenNebula, along side two Virtual Machine Managers: XEN and KVM. Benchmark results demonstrate Nimbus out of the box outperforming OpenNebula and the performance of XEN exceeding KVM in a greater number of benchmark tests. Conclusions are drawn from the results on the suitability of these technologies for data intensive applications and applications requiring highly dynamic resource sets, where making an uninformed decision on what technology to use could prevent an application reaching its full potential.


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Paper Citation

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Armstrong D. and Djemame K. (2011). CULTIVATING CLOUD COMPUTING - A Performance Evaluation of Virtual Image Propagation & I/O Paravirtualization . In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-8425-52-2, pages 539-550. DOI: 10.5220/0003388305390550

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author={Django Armstrong and Karim Djemame},
title={CULTIVATING CLOUD COMPUTING - A Performance Evaluation of Virtual Image Propagation & I/O Paravirtualization},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
TI - CULTIVATING CLOUD COMPUTING - A Performance Evaluation of Virtual Image Propagation & I/O Paravirtualization
SN - 978-989-8425-52-2
AU - Armstrong D.
AU - Djemame K.
PY - 2011
SP - 539
EP - 550
DO - 10.5220/0003388305390550