Non-Markovian modeling of a BladeCenter chassis midplane

TitleNon-Markovian modeling of a BladeCenter chassis midplane
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2014
AuthorsDistefano, S., F. Longo, M. Scarpa, and K. S. Trivedi
Conference NameProceedings of the 11th European Workshop on Computer Performance Engineering (EPEW)
Volume8721 Lecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Conference LocationFlorence, Italy, 11-12 September 2014
ISBN Number9783319108841
KeywordsAging phenomena, Chassis, Failure-time distribution, Non-Markovian modeling, Operating condition, Physical resources, Quantitative evaluation, Reliability and availability, Stochastic models, Stochastic systems, User requirements

In distributed contexts such as Cloud computing, the reliability and availability of the provided resources and services have to be assured in order to meet user requirements. At the infrastructure level, this specification is translated into tighter ones on the datacenter hosting physical resources. In this paper, starting from a real case study of the IBM BladeCenter, we provide a technique for the quantitative evaluation of datacenter infrastructure availability. The proposed technique allows one to take into account both aging phenomena and multiple operating conditions. In particular, one subsystem of the BladeCenter, the chassis midplane, is studied. Indeed, based on the stochastic characterization of the midplane reliability through statistic measurements, a model dealing with the non-exponential failure time distribution thus obtained is evaluated to demonstrate the suitability and the effectiveness of the proposed technique. © 2014 Springer International Publishing.