A Price- and-Time-Slot-Negotiation Mechanism for Cloud Service Reservations

Sim, Kwang Mong (2012) A Price- and-Time-Slot-Negotiation Mechanism for Cloud Service Reservations. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, 42 (3). pp. 713-728. ISSN 1083-4419. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

When making reservations for Cloud services, consumers and providers need to establish service-level agreements through negotiation. Whereas it is essential for both a consumer and a provider to reach an agreement on the price of a service and when to use the service, to date, there is little or no negotiation support for both price and time-slot negotiations (PTNs) for Cloud service reservations. This paper presents a multi-issue negotiation mechanism to facilitate the following: 1) PTNs between Cloud agents and 2) tradeoff between price and time-slot utilities. Unlike many existing negotiation mechanisms in which a negotiation agent can onlymake one proposal at a time, agents in this work are designed to concurrently make multiple proposals in a negotiation round that generate the same aggregated utility, differing only in terms of individual price and time-slot utilities. Another novelty of this work is formulating a novel time-slot utility function that characterizes preferences for different time slots. These ideas are implemented in an agent-based Cloud testbed. Using the testbed, experiments were carried out to compare this work with related approaches. Empirical results show that PTN agents reach faster agreements and achieve higher utilities than other related approaches. A case study was carried out to demonstrate the application of the PTN mechanism for pricing Cloud resources.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Automated negotiation, Cloud negotiation, Cloud resource allocation, multi-issue negotiation, negotiation agent, resource management
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q335 Artificial intelligence
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Future Computing Group
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Depositing User: Kwang Mong Sim
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 10:05
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 08:34
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31925 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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