MON: On-demand overlays for distributed system management

Jin Liang, Steven Y. Ko, Indranil Gupta, Klara Nahrstedt

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This paper presents the management overlay network (MON) system that we are building and running on the PlanetLab testbed. MON is a distributed system designed to facilitate the management of large distributed applications. Toward this goal, MON builds on-demand overlay structures that allow users to execute instant management commands, such as query the current status of the application, or push software updates to all the nodes. The on-demand approach enables MON to be light-weight, requiring minimum amount of resources when no commands are executed. It also frees MON from complex failure repair mechanisms, since no overlay structure is maintained for a prolonged time. MON is currently running on more than 300 nodes on the PlanetLab. Our initial experiments on the PlanetLab show that MON has good performance, both in terms of command response time and achieved bandwidth for software push.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2005
Event2nd USENIX Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems, WORLDS 2005 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Dec 13 2005 → …


Conference2nd USENIX Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems, WORLDS 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period12/13/05 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software


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