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Demand-driven Service Differentiation in Cluster-based Network Servers

By Huican Zhu, Hong Tang and Tao Yang


Service differentiation that provides prioritized service qualities to multiple classes of client requests can effectively utilize available server resources. This paper studies how demand-driven service differentiation in terms of end-user performance can be supported in cluster-based network servers. Our objective is to deliver better services to high priority request classes without over-sacrificing low priority classes. To achieve this objective, we propose a dynamic scheduling scheme, called DDSD, that adapts to fluctuating request resource demands by periodically repartitioning servers. This scheme also employs priority-based admission control to drop excessive user requests and achieve soft performance guarantees. For each scheduling period, our scheme monitors the system status and uses a queuing model to approximate server behaviors and guide resource allocation. Our experiments show that the proposed technique achieves demand-driven service differentiation while maximizing re..

Year: 2001
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