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PhD Defense
3/6/2018 12:00 pm
CoRE A (301)

Resource Provisioning and Placement for Cost-efficient Datacenters

Ioannis Manousakis, Dept. of Computer Science

Defense Committee: Prof. Thu Nguyen, Prof. Abhishek Bhattacharhee, Prof. Ricardo Bianchini, Prof. Anand Sivasubramaniam (Penn State University)


Demand for datacenter capacity is constantly increasing worldwide, primarily driven by cloud computing. As a result, large cloud providers are currently deploying costly, multi-gigawatt facilities annually. To help reduce costs, this thesis is dedicated to cost-efficient methods for provisioning datacenter infrastructure resources.   First, we propose a method to reduce costs by under-provisioning the cooling infrastructure of datacenters via deploying cheaper cooling technologies or capacities. Our results suggest that our proposed method can reduce the cooling capital costs by up to 55%. We then turn our attention to the impact of cheaper cooling technologies to server component reliability. We draw interesting observations, including 1) disk failures increase significantly when datacenters operate at high relative humidity and 2) though higher relative humidity increases failure rates, the infrastructure savings far outweigh the cost of the extra component failures. Finally, we propose a framework that generates cost-efficient placements and provisionings of datacenter fleets which are deployed at the edge of the internet.  For interactive applications with tight performance constraints, our framework suggests edge fleet provisionings that cover 1.84x more population than a real Microsoft hub fleet with just 20% higher per customer costs.