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Recent exploration into the <i>unique</i> security challenges of cloud computing have shown that when virtual machines belonging to different customers share the same physical machine, new forms of cross-VM covert channel communication arise. In this paper, we explore one of these threats, L2 cache covert channels, and demonstrate the limits of these this(More)
Server consolidation based on virtualization is an important technique for improving power efficiency and resource utilization in cloud infrastructures. However, to ensure satisfactory performance on shared resources under changing application workloads, dynamic management of the resource pool via online adaptation is critical. The inherent tradeoffs(More)
Creating good adaptation policies is critical to building complex autonomic systems since it is such policies that define the system configuration used in any given situation. While online approaches based on control theory and rule- based expert systems are possible solutions, each has its disadvantages. Here, a hybrid approach is described that uses(More)
Communication-oriented abstractions such as atomic multicast, group RPC, and protocols for location-independent mobile computing can simplify the development of complex applications built on distributed systems. This article describes Coyote, a system that supports the construction of highly modular and configurable versions of such abstractions. Coyote(More)
Virtualization-based server consolidation is an important technique for cost and energy reductions in data center environments and a key enabler of cloud computing. However, to ensure adequate application isolation and performance, consolidation demands runtime resource re-configuration, especially of multi-tier services that have dynamic, rapidly changing(More)
Idle desktop systems are frequently left powered, often because of applications that maintain network presence or to enable potential remote access. Unfortunately, an idle PC consumes up to 60% of its peak power. Solutions have been proposed that perform consolidation of idle desktop virtual machines. However, desktop VMs are often large requiring gigabytes(More)
Adaptive software that can react to changes in the execution environment or user requirements by switching algorithms at runtime is powerful yet difficult to implement, especially in distributed systems. This paper describes a software architecture for constructing such adaptive software and a graceful adaptation protocol that allows adaptations to be made(More)
The ability to configure transport protocols from collections of smaller software modules allows the characteristics of the protocol to be customized for a specific application or network technology. This paper describes a configurable transport protocol system called CTP in which microprotocols implementing individual attributes of transport can be(More)