It's not a Sprint, it's a Marathon: Stretching Multi-resource Burstable Performance in Public Clouds
During the past few years, all leading cloud providers introduced burstable instances that can sprint their performance for a limited period to address sudden workload variations. Despite the availability of burstable instances, there is no clear understanding of how to minimize the waste of resources by regulating their burst capacity to the workload requirements. This is especially true when it comes to non-CPU-intensive applications. In this paper, we investigate how to limit network and I/O usage to optimize the efficiency of the bursting process. We also study which resource shall be controlled to benefit both cloud providers and end-users. We design MRburst (Multi-Resource burstable performance scheduler) to automatically limit multiple resources (i.e., network, I/O, and CPU) and make the application comply with a user-defined service level objective (SLO) while minimizing wasted resources. MRburst is evaluated on Amazon EC2 using two multi-resource applications: an FTP server and a Ceph system. Experimental results show that MRburst outperforms state-of-the-art approaches by allowing instances to speed up their performance for up to 2.4 times longer period while meeting SLO.