Enforcing Service Level Agreements Using an Economically Enhanced Resource Manager

  • Mario Macías
  • Garry Smith
  • Omer Rana
  • Jordi Guitart
  • Jordi Torres
Part of the Autonomic Systems book series (ASYS)


Traditional resource management has had as its main objective the optimisation of throughput, based on parameters such as CPU, memory, and network bandwidth. With the appearance of Grid Markets, new variables that determine economic expenditure, benefit and opportunity must be taken into account. The SORMA project aims to allow resource owners and consumers to exploit market mechanisms to sell and buy resources across the Grid. SORMA’s motivation is to achieve efficient resource utilisation by maximising revenue for resource providers, and minimising the cost of resource consumption within a market environment. An overriding factor in Grid markets is the need to ensure that desired Quality of Service levels meet the expectations of market participants. This paper explains the proposed use of an Economically Enhanced Resource Manager (EERM) for resource provisioning based on economic models. In particular, this paper describes techniques used by the EERM to support revenue maximisation across multiple Service Level Agreements.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

Primary 91A40 68M14 68T99 Secondary 91A10 


Grid computing virtual organization self organization cooperative game theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Macías
    • 1
  • Garry Smith
    • 2
  • Omer Rana
    • 3
  • Jordi Guitart
    • 1
  • Jordi Torres
    • 1
  1. 1.Barcelona Supercomputing CenterTechnical University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.School of Systems EngineeringUniversity of ReadingUK
  3. 3.School of Computer ScienceCardiff UniversityUK

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