An automated profiling subsystem for QoS-aware services

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The advent of QoS-sensitive Internet applications such as multimedia and the proliferation of priced performance-critical applications such as online trading raise a need for building server systems with guaranteed performance. The new applications must run on different heterogeneous platforms, provide soft performance guarantees commensurate with platform capacity and adapt efficiently to upgrades in platform resources over the system's lifetime. Profiling the application for the purposes of providing QoS guarantees on each new platform becomes a significant undertaking. Automated profiling mechanisms must be built to enable efficient computing of QoS guarantees tailored to platform capacity and facilitate wide deployment of soft performance-guaranteed systems on heterogeneous platforms. The article investigates the design of the automated profiling subsystem: an essential component of future «general-purpose» QoS-sensitive systems. The subsystem estimates application resource requirements and adapts the software transparently to the resource capacity of the underlying platform. A novel aspect of the proposed profiling subsystem is its use of estimation theory for profiling. Resource requirements are estimated by correlating applied workload with online resource utilization measurements. We focus explicitly on profiling server software. The convergence and accuracy of our online profiling techniques are evaluated in the context of an Apache Web server serving both static Web pages and dynamic content. Results show the viability of using estimation theory for automated online profiling and for achieving QoS guarantees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number852465
Pages (from-to)208-217
Number of pages10
JournalReal-Time Technology and Applications - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event6th IEEE Real-Time Technology and Applications Symposium, RTAS 2000 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: May 31 2000Jun 2 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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