Beyond the Clouds: How Should Next Generation Utility Computing Infrastructures Be Designed?

  • Marin Bertier
  • Frédéric Desprez
  • Gilles Fedak
  • Adrien Lebre
  • Anne-Cécile Orgerie
  • Jonathan Pastor
  • Flavien Quesnel
  • Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas
  • Cédric Tedeschi
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


To accommodate the ever-increasing demand for Utility Computing (UC) resources while taking into account both energy and economical issues, the current trend consists in building even larger data centers in a few strategic locations. Although, such an approach enables to cope with the actual demand while continuing to operate UC resources through centralized software system, it is far from delivering sustainable and efficient UC infrastructures. In this scenario, we claim that a disruptive change in UC infrastructures is required in the sense that UC resources should be managed differently, considering locality as a primary concern. To this aim, we propose to leverage any facilities available through the Internet in order to deliver widely distributed UC platforms that can better match the geographical dispersal of users as well as the unending resource demand. Critical to the emergence of such locality-based UC (LUC) platforms is the availability of appropriate operating mechanisms. We advocate the implementation of a unified system driving the use of resources at an unprecedented scale by turning a complex and diverse infrastructure into a collection of abstracted computing facilities that is both easy to operate and reliable. By deploying and using such a LUC Operating System on backbones, our ultimate vision is to make possible to host/operate a large part of the Internet by its internal structure itself: a scalable and nearly infinite set of resources delivered by any computing facilities forming the Internet, starting from the larger hubs operated by ISPs, governments, and academic institutions to any idle resources that may be provided by end users.


Utility Computing UC Locality-based UC Distributed Cloud Computing IaaS Efficiency Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marin Bertier
    • 1
  • Frédéric Desprez
    • 1
  • Gilles Fedak
    • 1
  • Adrien Lebre
    • 1
  • Anne-Cécile Orgerie
    • 1
  • Jonathan Pastor
    • 1
  • Flavien Quesnel
    • 1
  • Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas
    • 1
  • Cédric Tedeschi
    • 1
  1. 1.InriaCampus universitaire de BeaulieuRennesFrance

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