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Resourceful: fine-grained resource accounting for explaining service variability

Lucian Carata, Oliver Chick, James Snee, Ripduman Sohan, Andrew Rice, Andy Hopper

September 2014, 12 pages


Increasing server utilization in modern datacenters also increases the likelihood of contention on physical resources and unexpected behavior due to side-effects from interfering applications. Existing resource accounting mechanisms are too coarse-grained for allowing services to track the causes of such variations in their execution. We make the case for measuring resource consumption at system-call level and outline the design of Resourceful, a system that offers applications the ability of querying this data at runtime with low overhead, accounting for costs incurred both synchronously and asynchronously after a given call.

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  author =	 {Carata, Lucian and Chick, Oliver and Snee, James and Sohan,
          	  Ripduman and Rice, Andrew and Hopper, Andy},
  title = 	 {{Resourceful: fine-grained resource accounting for
         	   explaining service variability}},
  year = 	 2014,
  month = 	 sep,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-859}