An effcient representation using harmony search for solving the virtual machine consolidation

Min Jun Kim, June Seok Hong, Wooju Kim

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A data center with a large number of servers, large storage, and many network devices requires power for cooling to reduce heat generation, air conditioning, and emergency power generation facilities, in addition to power for operation internally consumed by infrastructure equipment. The power consumed by data centers worldwide makes up a large proportion. Although the size of data centers is expected to increase, we are already faced with power problems because stability is prioritized over efficiency when operating data centers in order to meet the Service Level Agreement (SLA) conditions. Most data centers are in a virtualization environment, and virtual machine consolidation using physical machine (PM) transitions to the idle mode through virtual machine (VM) migration has been suggested as one of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of power usage in a data center. This study takes into account the characteristics of virtualization environments and presents an algorithm that effectively solves VM consolidation (VMC) through operator design using a grouping representation method and a meta-heuristic method known as harmony search.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6030
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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