Experiences with Managed Hosting of Virtual Machines

Dustin Leverman, Michael Oberg, Henry M. Tufo, Matthew Woitaszek. Experiences with Managed Hosting of Virtual Machines. In 10th LCI International Conference on High-Performance Clustered Computing, Boulder, Colorado, USA, March 2009.

Virtual machines (VMs) are emerging as a powerful paradigm to deploy complex software stacks on distributed cyberinfrastructure. As a TeraGrid resource provider and developers of Grid-enabled software, we experience both the client and system administrator perspectives of service hosting. We are using this point of view to integrate and deploy a managed hosting environment based on VM technology that fulfills the requirements of both developers and system administrators. The managed hosting environment provides the typical base benefits of any VM hosting technique, but provides additional software support for developers and system monitoring opportunities for administrators. This paper presents our experiences creating and using a prototype managed hosting environment. The design and configuration of our current implementation is described, and its feature set is evaluated from the context of several current hosted projects.

@inproceedings{200903-lci2009-managedhosting,
      Address = {Boulder, Colorado, USA},
      Author = {Leverman, Dustin and Oberg, Michael and Tufo, Henry M. and Woitaszek, Matthew},
      Booktitle = {10th LCI International Conference on High-Performance Clustered Computing},
      Month = {March},
      Title = {Experiences with Managed Hosting of Virtual Machines},
      Year = {2009},}