PowerTracer: Tracing requests in multi-tier services to save cluster power consumption [article]

Lin Yuan, Jianfeng Zhan, Bo Sang, Lei Wang, Haining Wang
2010 arXiv   pre-print
As energy proportional computing gradually extends the success of DVFS (Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling) to the entire system, DVFS control algorithms will play a key role in reducing server clusters' power consumption. The focus of this paper is to provide accurate cluster-level DVFS control for power saving in a server cluster. To achieve this goal, we propose a request tracing approach that online classifies the major causal path patterns of a multi-tier service and monitors their
more » ... rmance data as a guide for accurate DVFS control. The request tracing approach significantly decreases the time cost of performance profiling experiments that aim to establish the empirical performance model. Moreover, it decreases the controller complexity so that we can introduce a much simpler feedback controller, which only relies on the single-node DVFS modulation at a time as opposed to varying multiple CPU frequencies simultaneously. Based on the request tracing approach, we present a hybrid DVFS control system that combines an empirical performance model for fast modulation at different load levels and a simpler feedback controller for adaption. We implement a prototype of the proposed system, called PowerTracer, and conduct extensive experiments on a 3-tier platform. Our experimental results show that PowerTracer outperforms its peer in terms of power saving and system performance.
arXiv:1007.4890v2 fatcat:litewsuddva2ll7v5c5tnpldfe