DATE: Thursday, January 31, 2013
TIME: Noon - 1:00 pm
PLACE: Gates 8102

SPEAKER: Canturk Isci, IBM TJ Watson

TITLE: Agentless, Near-realtime VM Introspection in Origami

Enterprise data centers continue to embrace virtualization and cloud computing technologies due to their dramatic benefits for simplifying and streamlining system provisioning and management, as well as to improve overall resource use efficiency of the underlying hardware infrastructure via virtual machine (VM) consolidation and dynamic, distributed resource management. As virtualization and cloud automation has made it cheap and simple to create, deploy and recycle VMs on a large scale, modern data centers have become much more dynamic environments than they were a few years ago. This is creating new challenges for routine maintenance operations like security and compliance scans, that continue rely on a decades-old model based on in-VM monitoring agents and rule-driven analytics. When machines become transient and fungible resources, this model breaks down, resulting in increasing operational cost and risk.

In this talk we present a different approach to maintaining a large-scale dynamic data center. We show that out-of-VM monitoring agents can approach the data fidelity and real-time view as in-VM monitoring agents. Using this foundation we show how systems can be viewed as documents, enabling data mining and ad-hoc analytics techniques to be exploited for data center maintenance operations. These technologies are under development as part of the Origami system, an ambitious project to treat systems as data, and transform the way dynamic Cloud data centers are managed.

Canturk Isci is a Research Staff Member in IBM TJ Watson Research Center. His research interests include virtualization, data center energy and thermal management, microarchitectural and system-level techniques for energy-efficient and adaptive computing. Prior to joining IBM Research, Canturk was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at VMware, where we he worked on distributed resource and power management, performance and scalability of virtualized systems. He is the recipient of a best paper award in ICAC 2011, best research poster in VMworld 2008 and academic fellowships from British Council, Princeton and Bilkent University. He currently serves as the industry chair in the IEEE Computer Society, Special Technical Community on Sustainable Computing. Canturk has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University, an M.Sc. with Distinction in VLSI System Design from University of Westminster, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

HOST: M. Satyanarayanan


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