doi: 10.7873/DATE.2015.0578

Power Minimization for Data Center with Guaranteed QoS

Shuo Liu1,a, Soamar Homsi1,b, Ming Fan2, Shaolei Ren3, Gang Quan1,c and Shangping Ren4

1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 33174, USA.

2Broadcom Corporation, 3151 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, 95134, USA.

3School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 33199, USA.

4Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 60616, USA.


Data centers have been widely employed to offer reliable and agile on-demand web services. However, the dramatic increase of the operational cost, largely due to the power consumptions, has posed a significant challenge to the service providers as services expand in both scale and scope. In this paper, we study the problem of how to improve resource utilization and minimize power consumption in a data center with guaranteed quality-of-service (QoS). Different from a common approach that separates requests with different QoS levels on different servers, we devise an approach to pack requests of the same service – even with different QoS requirements – into the same server to improve resource usage. We also develop a novel method to improve the system utilization without compromising the QoS levels by removing potential failure requests. Experimental results show superiority of our approach over other widely applied approaches.

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