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Paper Title:
Understanding Internet Video Sharing Site Workload: A View from Data Center Design

Authors:

  • Xiaozhu Kang(Columbia University)
  • Hui Zhang(NEC Laboratories America)
  • Guofei Jiang(NEC Laboratories America)
  • Haifeng Chen(NEC Laboratories America)
  • Xiaoqiao Meng(NEC Laboratories America)
  • Kenji Yoshihira(NEC Laboratories America)

Abstract:
In this paper we measured and analyzed the workload on Yahoo! Video, the 2nd largest U.S. video sharing site, to understand its nature and the impact on online video data center design. We discovered interesting statistical properties on both static and temporal dimensions of the workload including file duration and popularity distributions, arrival rate dynamics and predictability, and workload stationarity and burstiness. Complemented with queueing-theoretic techniques, we further extended our understanding on the measurement data with a virtual design on the workload and capacity management components of a data center assuming the same workload as measured, which reveals key results regarding the impact of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and workload scheduling schemes on the design and operations of such large-scale video distribution systems.

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