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Multihoming has traditionally been employed by stub networks to enhance the reliability of their network connectivity. With the advent of commercial "intelligent route control" products, stubs now leverage multihoming to improve performance. Although multihoming is widely used for reliability and, increasingly for performance, not much is known about the(More)
In this paper we present Kingfisher, a {\em cost-aware} system that provides efficient support for elasticity in the cloud by (i) leveraging multiple mechanisms to reduce the time to transition to new configurations, and (ii) optimizing the selection of a virtual server configuration that minimizes the cost. We have implemented a prototype of Kingfisher and(More)
Shared storage services enjoy wide adoption in commercial clouds. But most systems today provide weak performance isolation and fairness between tenants, if at all. Misbehaving or high-demand tenants can overload the shared service and disrupt other well-behaved tenants, leading to unpredictable performance and violating SLAs. This paper presents Pisces, a(More)
The increasing interest in distributed applications like multimedia and collaborative work calls for e cient means to support multicast communication. A fundamental issue in multicast communication is route selection, usually based on trees. We present a destinationdriven algorithm that optimizes for applications, such as group videoor tele-conferencing,(More)
Quality-of-service (QoS) routing satisfies application performance requirements and optimizes network resource usage by selecting paths based on connection traffic parameters and link load information. However, distributing link state imposes significant bandwidth and processing overhead on the network. This paper investigates the performance trade-off(More)
Enterprises today face several challenges when hosting line-of-business applications in the cloud. Central to many of these challenges is the limited support for control over cloud network functions, such as, the ability to ensure security, performance guarantees or isolation, and to flexibly interpose middleboxes in application deployments. In this paper,(More)
Performance limitations in the current Internet are thought to lie at the edges of the network -- <i>i.e</i> last mile connectivity to users, or access links of stub ASes. As these links are upgraded, however, it is important to consider where new bottlenecks and hot-spots are likely to arise. Through an extensive measurement study, we discover, classify(More)
For the last few years, large Web content providers interested in improving their scalability and availability have increasingly turned to three techniques: mirroring, content distribution, and ISP multihoming. The Domain Name System (DNS) has gained a prominent role in the way each of these techniques directs client requests to achieve the goals of(More)
Recent advances of software defined networking and optical switching technology make it possible to program the network stack all the way from physical topology to flow level traffic control. In this paper, we leverage the combination of SDN controller with optical switching to explore the tight integration of application and network control. We(More)
The rapid growth of the Internet in users and content has fueled extensive efforts to improve the user’s overall Internet experience. A growing number of providers deliver content from multiple servers or proxies to reduce response time by moving content closer to end users. An increasingly popular mechanism to direct clients to the closest point of service(More)