Research Area:  Cloud Computing
Cloudlet-assisted mobile cloud computing (MCC) emerges as a vital paradigm to address the problems of mobile services such as application time-out, data caching and traffic congestion in wireless network. The cloudlet has adequate resources to process multiple mobile requests simultaneously, but it is not as sufficient as a remote cloud data center. Currently the performance of MCC system is a subject to the lengthy network transmission latency due to the long distance between cloudlet and remote cloud. In this article, we focus on the variable users QoS requirements and budget of cloudlet provider, design a load-aware resource allocation and task scheduling (LA-RATS) strategy which adaptively allocates resource in MCC system for delay-tolerant and delay-sensitive mobile applications according to cloudlets load profile. Subsequently, a tree generation based task backfilling algorithm is proposed to raise the utilization of the cloudlet. Particularly, when cloudlet is overloaded, the restrictions of delay-sensitive applications deadlines are satisfied through further offloading the allocated delay-tolerant tasks in the cloudlet to distant cloud. From several systematic evaluations, it is shown that our strategy can significantly reduce the cloudlets monetary cost and turnaround time for delay-tolerant applications, and increase the deadline satisfaction rate of delay-sensitive applications.
Author(s) Name:  Feifei Zhang,Zhongjin Li,Jidong Ge,Chuanyi Li,Chifong Wong,Bin Luo and Victor Chang
Journal name:  Future Generation Computer Systems
Publisher name:  ELSEVIER
Volume Information:   Volume 87, October 2018, Pages 438-456
Paper Link:   https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167739X17316771