An Experiment on Bare-Metal BigData Provisioning
Gudimetla, Ravi S.
Kaynar, Emine Ugur
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Citation (published version)Turk, A., Gudimetla, R. S., Kaynar, E. U., Hennessey, J., Tikale, S., Desnoyers, P., & Krieger, O. (2016). An Experiment on Bare-Metal BigData Provisioning. In 8th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud 16).
Many BigData customers use on-demand platforms in the cloud, where they can get a dedicated virtual cluster in a couple of minutes and pay only for the time they use. Increasingly, there is a demand for bare-metal bigdata solutions for applications that cannot tolerate the unpredictability and performance degradation of virtualized systems. Existing bare-metal solutions can introduce delays of 10s of minutes to provision a cluster by installing operating systems and applications on the local disks of servers. This has motivated recent research developing sophisticated mechanisms to optimize this installation. These approaches assume that using network mounted boot disks incur unacceptable run-time overhead. Our analysis suggest that while this assumption is true for application data, it is incorrect for operating systems and applications, and network mounting the boot disk and applications result in negligible run-time impact while leading to faster provisioning time.