Statistical Analysis of a Data Centre Resource Usage Patterns: A Case Study

Somnath Mazumdar*, Anoop S. Kumar

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Performance evaluation is necessary to understand the runtime behaviour of a computing system. A better understanding of resource usage leads to better utilisation and less energy cost. To optimise the server provisioning and also the energy cost of a data centre (DC), we should explore the underlying resource usage patterns to extract meaningful information. In this paper, our primary goal is to obtain correlation or cross-correlation among CPU, RAM, and Network at different timescales of a DC. To perform this analysis, we have collected Wikimedia grid traces and conducted an experimental campaign using rationally selected multiple statistical methods. They are: a univariate method (Hurst exponent), multivariate explanatory methods (such as wavelets, cross-recurrence quantification analysis (CRQA)), multivariate predictive methods (such as vector auto-regression (VAR), multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS)). It is worth to note that, we analyse the data without any prior knowledge about running applications. We present the results together with a comprehensive analysis. In our case study, we found in long time scale CPU, and RAM is more correlated than Network. We also have shown that wavelet-based methods are superior to detect long-run relationship among these resource variables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook cover Proceedings of the International Conference on Computing and Communication Systems. I3CS 2016
EditorsJ. K. Mandal, Goutam Saha, Debdatta Kandar, Arnab Kumar Maji
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationSingapore
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9789811068898
ISBN (Electronic)9789811068904
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Computing and Communication Systems. I3CS'16 - North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, India
Duration: 11 Nov 201613 Nov 2016


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computing and Communication Systems. I3CS'16
LocationNorth Eastern Hill University (NEHU)
SeriesLecture Notes in Networks and Systems


  • Analysis
  • CRQA
  • Hurst exponent
  • MARS
  • Pattern
  • Time series
  • VAR
  • Wavelet

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