A survey and taxonomy on energy efficient resource allocation techniques for cloud computing systems

Abdul Hameed, Alireza Khoshkbarforoushha, Rajiv Ranjan, Prem Prakash Jayaraman, Joanna Kolodziej, Pavan Balaji, Sherali Zeadally, Qutaibah Marwan Malluhi, Nikos Tziritas, Abhinav Vishnu, Samee U. Khan, Albert Zomaya

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In a cloud computing paradigm, energy efficient allocation of different virtualized ICT resources (servers, storage disks, and networks, and the like) is a complex problem due to the presence of heterogeneous application (e.g., content delivery networks, MapReduce, web applications, and the like) workloads having contentious allocation requirements in terms of ICT resource capacities (e.g., network bandwidth, processing speed, response time, etc.). Several recent papers have tried to address the issue of improving energy efficiency in allocating cloud resources to applications with varying degree of success. However, to the best of our knowledge there is no published literature on this subject that clearly articulates the research problem and provides research taxonomy for succinct classification of existing techniques. Hence, the main aim of this paper is to identify open challenges associated with energy efficient resource allocation. In this regard, the study, first, outlines the problem and existing hardware and software-based techniques available for this purpose. Furthermore, available techniques already presented in the literature are summarized based on the energy-efficient research dimension taxonomy. The advantages and disadvantages of the existing techniques are comprehensively analyzed against the proposed research dimension taxonomy namely: resource adaption policy, objective function, allocation method, allocation operation, and interoperability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-774
Number of pages24
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

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  • Cloud computing
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy efficient resource allocation
  • Power management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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