A thermal-aware VM consolidation mechanism with outage avoidance

Jing V. Wang, Chi Tsun Cheng, Chi K. Tse

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Efficient energy and temperature management techniques are essential elements for operators of cloud data centers. Dynamic virtual machine (VM) consolidation using live migration techniques presents a great opportunity for cloud service providers to adaptively reduce energy consumption and optimize their resource utilization. In recent studies, power consumption readings of individual physical hosts were chosen as the main monitoring parameters in their allocation policies, whereas very few have considered host temperature, which has shown to have a negative impact on server reliability, as a migration criterion. In this work, a thermal-aware VM consolidation mechanism is proposed for resource allocation optimization and server reliability assurance. We consider the variability in host temperature as a migration criterion to avoid outage incidents via having better VM consolidations. Extensive simulation results obtained from CloudSim show the promising performance of the proposed mechanism in energy saving while reducing the number of server outage incidents due to fluctuations in host temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)906-920
Number of pages15
JournalSoftware - Practice and Experience
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • cloud computing
  • energy saving
  • outage avoidance
  • thermal-aware
  • VM consolidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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