Expressive Power-Based Resource Allocation for Data Centers

As data-center energy consumption continues to rise, efficient power management is becoming increasingly important. In this work, we examine the use of a novel market mechanism for finding the right balance between power and performance. The market enables a separation between a `buyer side' that strives to maximize performance and a 'seller side' that strives to minimize power and other costs. A concise and scalable description language is defined for agent preferences that admits a mixed-integer program for computing optimal allocations. Experimental results demonstrate the robustness, flexibility, practicality and scalability of the architecture.

Benjamin Lubin, Jeffrey O. Kephart, Rajarshi Das, David C. Parkes