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Management of Server Farms for Performance and Profit

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Isi Mitrani



We examine some of the problems associated with managing a server farm, that is, a collection of servers which are used to provide different types of services to paying customers. The users are charged for the services provided, but are also promised that certain Quality-of-Service (QoS) criteria will be met. Failure to satisfy those QoS undertakings incurs pre-specified penalties. In order to maximize the revenue obtained, the service provider must employ intelligent dynamic policies dealing with server allocation and job admission decisions. A number of such policies are surveyed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mitrani I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Computer Journal

Year: 2010

Volume: 53

Issue: 7

Pages: 1038-1044

Date deposited: 09/11/2010

ISSN (print): 0010-4620

ISSN (electronic): 1460-2067

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/comjnl/bxp079


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