Systems and Storage Group
While we continue to investigate designs for next generation distributed applications, we are currently focusing our efforts on utility computing. Scalable automation of large-scale network services is a key challenge for computing systems research in the next decade. We are investigating software frameworks and policies to manage network services as utilities whose resources are automatically provisioned and sold according to demand, much as electricity is today. The physical resources to deliver these services reside in data centers and edge sites throughout the Internet. Our work is directed at a software infrastructure that continuously adapts the resource assignments for each service to respond to request load, quality-of-service targets (Service Level Agreements), and network conditions.