PDL Abstract

The Case for Content Search of VM Clouds

34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference Workshops (COMPSACW), July 19-23, 2010, Seoul, Korea.

Mahadev Satyanarayanan*, Wolfgang Richter*, Glenn Ammons**, Jan Harkes*, Adam Goode*

* Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Department
** IBM Research

The success of cloud computing can lead to large, centralized collections of virtual machine (VM) images. The ability to interactively search these VM images at a high semantic level emerges as an important capability. This paper examines the opportunities and challenges in creating such a search capability, and presents early evidence of its feasibility.

KEYWORDS: data-intensive computing; discard-based search; forensic search; provenance; Diamond; cloud computing; virtual machines; VCL; RC2; EC2; Internet Suspend/Resume; ISR; deduplication; content-addressable storage