Utility-based QoS Brokering in Service Oriented Architectures


Quality of service (QoS) is an important consideration in the dynamic service selection in the context of service oriented architectures. This paper extends previous work on QoS brokering for SOAs by designing, implementing, and experimentally evaluating a service selection QoS broker that maximizes a utility function for service consumers. Utility functions allow stakeholders to ascribe a value to the usefulness of a system as a function of several attributes such as response time, throughput, and availability. This work assumes that consumers of services provide to a QoS broker their utility functions and their cost constraints on the requested services. Service providers register with the broker by providing service demands for each of the resources used by the services provided and cost functions for each of the services. Consumers request services from the QoS broker, which selects a service provider that maximizes the consumer's utility function subject to its cost constraint. The QoS broker uses analytic queuing models to predict the QoS values of the various services that could be selected under varying workload conditions. The broker and services were implemented using a J2EE/Weblogic platform and experiments were conducted to evaluate the broker's efficacy. Results showed that the broker adequately adapts its selection of service providers according to cost constraints.

DOI: 10.1109/ICWS.2007.186

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@article{Menasc2007UtilitybasedQB, title={Utility-based QoS Brokering in Service Oriented Architectures}, author={Daniel A. Menasc{\'e} and Vinod K. Dubey}, journal={IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2007)}, year={2007}, pages={422-430} }