Gunasekaran, D (621513510002)

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Assistant Professor,
Department of Information
Mahendra College of Engineering,
Minnampalli, Salem


Department of Information
Mahendra College of Engineering,
Minnampalli, Salem


Cloud Computing is the latest buzz word in the IT industry. This internet -
based ongoing technology which has brought out flexibility, capacity and power of
processing has realised service- oriented idea and has created a new ecosystem in the
computing world with its great power and benefits. Cloud capabilities have been
able to move IT industry one giant step forward. Nowadays, large and famous
enterprises have resorted to cloud computing and have transferred their processing
and storage to it. This report discusses the basics of cloud computing followed by
review of two important and emerging aspects of cloud computing, viz.,
performance evaluation and network virtualisation. Due to popularity and progress
of cloud in different organisations, cloud performance evaluation is of special
importance and this evaluation can help users make right decisions.

Network virtualisation is the key to the current and future success of cloud
computing. Key reasons for virtualisation, several of the networking technologies
that have been developed recently or are being developed in various standards
bodies are reviewed including software defined networking, which is the key to
network programmability. OpenADN - application delivery in a multi-cloud
environment is also briefly reviewed.

The design and implementation of an academic cloud at IIT Delhi, named as
Baadal, which is an in-house effort, is reviewed as a case study to highlight the
recent achievements within the sphere of cloud computing.



I take immense pleasure in expressing my humble note of gratitude to our
honourable Chairman Shri.M.G.BHARATHKUMAR, M.A., B.Ed., and our
young and dynamic Managing Directors Er.Ba.MAHENDHIRAN, B.E., and
Er.Ba.MAHA AJAY PRASATH, B.E.,M.S(U.S.A)., who have provided excellent
facilities to complete the technical seminar successfully.

I also express my gratitude and thanks to our honourable Principal
Dr.R.ASOKAN, M.Tech., Ph.D., F.I.E., F.T.A., for providing all facilities for
carrying out the technical seminar work.
I take immense pleasure in expressing my heart-felt gratitude to our Dean,
Dr. S.KRISHNAKUMAR, M.Tech., Ph.D., for his guidance and sustained
encouragement for the successful completion of this report..
I wish to express my sense of gratitude and sincere thanks to our Head of the
Department Dr. N.SATISH, M.E., Ph.D., of Information Technology for his
valuable guidance and resources provided for completion of the technical seminar
report .
I express my profound sense of thanks with deepest respect and gratitude to
my Guide Mrs. A.LOGANAYAKI, M.E., Assistant Professor, Department of
Information technology for her valuable and precious guidance for completion of
this report.


Description Page
Abstract iii
1 Introduction 1
2 Cloud Computing 2
3 Evolution and Potential 5
4 Virtualisation 11
5 Performance Evaluation 14
6 Network Virtualisation 18
7 Design and Implementation of Academic Cloud:
Baadal at IIT Delhi
8 Conclusion 32
References 33




As more aspects of our work and life move online and the Web expands
beyond a communication medium to become a platform for business and society, a
new paradigm of large-scale distributed computing has emerged in our lives. Cloud
computing has very quickly become one of the hottest topics, if not the hottest one ,
for practicing engineers and academics in domains related to engineering, science,
and art for building large-scale networks and Internet applications. Nowadays,
everyone’s talking about cloud computing. In academia, numerous research papers,
tutorials, workshops, and panels on this emerging topic have been presented at major
conferences and published in the top-level computer science journals and magazines.
Also, several universities have added courses that are dedicated to cloud computing
principles. A plethora of blogs, forums, and discussion groups on the subject are
available on the Web. In industry, companies are devoting great resources to
investing in cloud computing, either by building their own infrastructures or
developing innovative cloud services.

Cloud computing is a new multidisciplinary research field, considered to be
the evolution and convergence of several independent computing trends such as
Internet delivery, “pay-as-you-go” utility computing, elasticity, virtualization, grid
computing, distributed computing, storage, content outsourcing, security, and Web
2.0. However, multidisciplinary nature of cloud computing has raised questions in
the research community about how novel this new paradigm is because it includes
almost everything that existing technologies already do. An attempt is made to
demystify cloud computing and highlight the innovative aspects of cloud computing,
identifying its major technical and nontechnical challenges.




2.1 Definition

Even though we can’t precisely define the cloud because it’s an evolving
paradigm, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s definition covers
the most important aspects of the cloud vision. NIST defines [1] as Cloud
computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network
access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks,
servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and
released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This
cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and
four deployment models.

2.2 Essential Characteristics

On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing
capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically
without requiring human interaction with each service provider.
Broad network access. Capabilities are available over the network and
accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or
thick client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations).

Resource pooling. The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve
multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual
resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand.
There is a sense of location independence in that the customer generally has no
control or knowledge over the exact location of the provided resources but may be
able to specify location at a higher level of abstraction (e.g., country, state, or data
centre). Examples of resources include storage, processing, memory, and network


Rapid elasticity. Capabilities can be elastically provisioned and released, in
some cases automatically, to scale rapidly outward and inward commensurate with
demand. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear to
be unlimited and can be appropriated in any quantity at any time.

Measured service. Cloud systems automatically control and optimize
resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction
appropriate to the type of service (e.g., storage, processing, bandwidth, and active
user accounts). Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported,
providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service.

2.3 Service Models

Software as a Service (SaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to
use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure2. The applications
are accessible from various client devices through either a thin client interface, such
as a web browser (e.g., web-based email), or a program interface. The consumer
does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network,
servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual application capabilities, with
the possible exception of limited user-specific application configuration settings.

Platform as a Service (PaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to
deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications
created using programming languages, libraries, services, and tools supported by the
provider.3 The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud
infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but has
control over the deployed applications and possibly configuration settings for the
application-hosting environment.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The capability provided to the consumer
is to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing
resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which
can include operating systems and applications. The consumer does not manage or
control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems,

storage, and deployed applications; and possibly limited control of select networking
components (e.g., host firewalls).

2.4 Deployment Models
Private cloud. The cloud infrastructure is provisioned for exclusive use by a
single organization comprising multiple consumers (e.g., business units). It may be
owned, managed, and operated by the organization, a third party, or some
combination of them, and it may exist on or off premises.

Community cloud. The cloud infrastructure is provisioned for exclusive use
by a specific community of consumers from organizations that have shared concerns
(e.g., mission, security requirements, policy, and compliance considerations). It may
be owned, managed, and operated by one or more of the organizations in the
community, a third party, or some combination of them, and it may exist on or off

Public cloud. The cloud infrastructure is provisioned for open use by the
general public. It may be owned, managed, and operated by a business, academic, or
government organization, or some combination of them. It exists on the premises of
the cloud provider.

Hybrid cloud. The cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more
distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community, or public) that remain unique
entities, but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that
enables data and application portability (e.g., cloud bursting for load balancing
between clouds).




3.1 Evolution

Figure 3.1 below shows the evolution of cloud computing as a paradigm.
With the launch of Amazon Web Services in 2002 the proliferation of firms entering
into this business has been tremendous. Figure 3.2 depicts and alternate view of the
evolution process which has ushered in the Ubiquity era. Figure 3.3 shows how
computing era has evolved over a period of time in a nutshell.

Figure 3.1- Cloud computing timeline. Cloud computing has evolved from
previous computing paradigms going back to the days of mainframes

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Figure 3.2- A different perspective of cloud computing evolution

Figure 3.3 – March to the Ubiquity Era


3.2 Cloud Computing Growth and Potential
Similarly, the user base of cloud services and revenue generated by way of
business opportunities have also seen meteoric rise. Today, Telcos have around a
5% share of nearly $20Bn p.a. cloud services revenue, with 25% compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) forecast to 2015. Most market forecasts are that the total cloud
services market will reach $45-50Bn revenue by 2015 . Applying these views to an
extrapolated 'mid-point' forecast view of the Cloud Market in 2015, implies that
Telcos will take just under $9Bn revenue from Cloud by 2014, thus increasing
today's $1Bn share nine-fold. Figure 3.4 shows the growth forecast the current
market players in cloud computing services.

Figure 3.4- Cloud services current players and market growth

3.3 Reference Architecture - The Conceptual Reference Model

Figure 3.5 below presents an overview of the NIST cloud computing
reference architecture, which identifies the major actors, their activities and
functions in cloud computing. The diagram depicts a generic high-level architecture
and is intended to facilitate the understanding of the requirements, uses,
characteristics and standards of cloud computing.

Figure 3.5 – NIST Reference Architecture

A brief role/definition of the key players of cloud computing is shown
figure 3.6

tor Definition

A person or organization that maintains a business
relationship with, and
uses service from, Cloud Providers.

A person, organization, or entity responsible for
making a service
available to interested parties.

A party that can conduct independent assessment
of cloud services,

information system operations, performance and
security of the cloud

An entity that manages the use, performance and
delivery of cloud

services, and negotiates relationships between
Cloud Providers and
Cloud Consumers.

An intermediary that provides connectivity and
transport of cloud
services from Cloud Providers to Cloud Consumers.

Figure 3.6- Actors of cloud computing

It also makes economic sense to enterprises and start-ups to migrate to cloud
due to the obvious benefits it shall accrue to them over a period of time and the
really short uptime required to use cloud services. Figure 3.7 shows that the tip of
the iceberg, which is just the acquisition cost is only 10 % as compared to the hidden
cost of operation and maintenance.

Figure 3.7-Total Cost of IT infrastructure

3.4 Services on the cloud
The services offered to the consumers almost encompasses everything
including scientific computing as depicted in figure 3.8.

Figure 3.8 – Services offered on the cloud

The grid in figure 3.9 shows the type of services offered by various
layers of cloud computing

Figure 3.9- Grid showing the services offered by cloud computing




Virtualisation is one of the bedrock of cloud computing. The other being
multi-tenancy. All services offered on the cloud depend on these two fundamental
pillars as shown in Figure 4.1

Figure 4.1- Pillars of Cloud Computing

The Internet has resulted in virtualization of all aspects of our life. Today, our
workplaces are virtual, we shop virtually, get virtual education, entertainment is all
virtual, and of course, much of our computing is virtual. The key enabler for all
virtualizations is the Internet and various computer networking technologies. It turns
out that computer networking itself has to be virtual-ized. Several new standards and
technologies have been developed for network virtualization. This article is a survey
of these technologies.
There are many reasons why we need to virtualise resources. The five most
common reasons are:
Sharing: When a resource is too big for a single user, it is best to divide it
into multiple virtual pieces, as is the case with today’s multi-core processors. Each
processor can run multiple virtual machines (VMs), and each machine can be used
by a different user. The same applies to high-speed links and large-capacity disks.

Isolation: Multiple users sharing a resource may not trust each other, so it is
important to provide isolation among users. Users using one virtual component
should not be able to monitor the activities or interfere with the activities of other
users. This may apply even if different users belong to the same organization since
different departments of the organization (e.g., finance and engineering) may have
data that is confidential to the department.
Aggregation: If the resource is too small, it is possible to construct a large
virtual resource that behaves like a large resource. This is the case with storage,
where a large number of inexpensive unreliable disks can be used to make up large
reliable storage.
Dynamics: Often resource requirements change fast due to user mobility, and
a way to reallocate the resource quickly is required. This is easier with virtual
resources than with physical resources.
Ease of management: Last but probably the most important reason for
virtualization is the ease of management. Virtual devices are easier to manage
because they are soft-ware-based and expose a uniform interface through standard
Virtualisation is not a new concept to computer scientists. Memory was the
first among the computer components to be virtualized. Memory was an expensive
part of the original computers, concepts were developed in the 1970s. Study and
comparison of various page replacement algorithms was a popular research topic
then. Today’s computers have very sophisticated and multiple levels of caching for
memo-ry. Storage virtualization was a natural next step with virtual disks, virtual
compact disk (CD) drives, leading to cloud storage today. Virtual-isation of desktops
resulted in thin clients, which resulted in significant reduction of capital as well as
operational expenditure, eventually leading to virtualization of servers and cloud
However, there has been significant renewed interest in network virtualization
fuelled primarily by cloud computing. Several new standards have been developed

and are being developed. Software defined networking (SDN) also helps in network
The efficiency and effectiveness of cloud computing as a service intrinsically
depends on performance and continued innovation. Thus a review of literature
available on performance evaluation of cloud computing was carried out.




Cloud computing resources must be compatible, high performance and
powerful. High performance is one of the cloud advantages which must be
satisfactory for each service.

Higher performance of services and anything related to cloud have influence on
users and service providers. Hence, performance evaluation for cloud providers and
users is important. There are many methods for performance prediction and
evaluation; the following methods in is used in the evaluation process:

· Evaluation based on criteria and characteristics

· Evaluation based on simulation

Another category which can be considered for evaluating cloud performance is
classification of three layers of cloud services evaluation.

5.1. Factors affective on performance

Nowadays , the term “performance” is more than a classic concept and includes
more extensive concepts such as reliability, energy efficiency, scalability and soon.
Due to the extent of cloud computing environments and the large number of
enterprises and normal users who are using cloud environment, many factors can
affect the performance of cloud computing and its resources. Some of the important
factors considered in this paper are as follows:

· Security, the impact of security on cloud performance may seem lightly strange,
but the impact of security on network infrastructure has been proven. For
example, DDoS attacks have wide impact on networks performance and if
happen, it will greatly reduce networks performance and also be effective on
response time too. Therefore, if this risk and any same risks threaten cloud
environment, it will be a big concern for users and providers.


· Recovery, when data in cloud face errors and failures or data are lost for any
eason, the time required for data retrieval and volumes of data which are
recoverable, will be effective on cloud performance. For example, if the data
recovery takes a long time will be effective on cloud Performance and customer
satisfaction, because most organizations are cloud users and have quick access
to their data and their services are very important for them.

· Service level agreements, when the user wants to use cloud services, an
agreement will be signed between users and providers which describes user’s
requests, the ability of providers, fees, fines etc. If performance is looked at
from personal view, the better, more optimal and more timely the agreed
requests, the higher the performance will be .This view also holds true for

· Network bandwidth, this factor can be effective on performance and can be a
criterion for evaluations too. For example, if the bandwidth is too low to provide
service to customers, performance will be low too

· Storage capacity, Physical memory can also be effective on the performance
criteria. This factor will be more effective in evaluating the performance of
cloud infrastructure

· Buffer capacity: as shown in figure 2, if servers cannot serve a request, it will be
buffered in a temporary memory. Therefore, buffer capacity effect on
performance. If the buffer capacity is low, many requests will be rejected and
therefore performance will be low.

· Disk capacity, can also have a negative or positive impact on performance in

· Fault tolerance, this factor will have special effect on performance of cloud
environment. As an example, if a data centre is in deficient and is able to
provide the minimum services, this can increase performance.

· Availability, with easy access to cloud services and the services are always
available, performance will be increase.

· Number of users, if a data centre has a lot of users and this number is greater
than that of the rated capacity, this will reduce performance of services.

· Location, data centres and their distance from a user’s location are also an
important factor that can be effective on performance from the users’ view.

Other factors that can affect performance which are as follows:-

· Usability

· Scalability

· Workload

· Repetition or Redundancy

· Processor Power

· Latency

5.2. Simulation Category

There are three categories in this simulation and evaluation based on major
components in cloud environment. Specific metrics are used and the categories have
been selected because data centres, users and geographic region are important in
cloud computing environments.

Simulation and evaluation based on data centres. Evaluation is done by
modifying the virtual machine, memory and bandwidth. Results show the response
time for some users increasing with improved processing time, bud additional Data
Centre is only extra cost and also for low volume requests, additional Data Centre
will not Cause significant changes in processing time.

The average of maximum service time per request in data centres. It also
proved to be similar to previous values after the same number of data centres. This
reviews shows that the average service time is decreasing with increasing number of
centres, but reduction is lower after some additional data centre and costs is too

Change in number of processors of data centres has the greatest impact on

processing time, and has the greatest impact on cost too.

Simulation and evaluation based on users. The results with change in number of
users and volume of work is evaluated then. It can be concluded that if a data centre
user is overrated capacity, not only it will not be profitable but also it will lower
efficiency of that centre.

The results shows that increasing the number of requests per unit times have
little impact on response time, on processing time, data centres. But unlike other
measures, it is effective on the data transfer and thus the cost of data transfer. More
information can be transferred with the increasing number of requests and therefore,
costs will also increase.

Simulation and evaluation based on geographical region. The impact of
geographical location of users and data centres are studied to determine how
effective they will be on criteria if the data centres and users are in the same region
or are far from each other in different regions.

The results show that these changes affect cost and other measures. This result
shows that it is better for the users and data centres to be in the same region or have
the least distribution. Processing rate in data centres will be reduced when user is
away from the centre, because the response time increases, so users may have fewer
requests from the data centre.




6.1 Introduction

A computer network starts with a network inter-face card (NIC) in the host,
which is connected to a layer 2 (L2) network (Ethernet, WiFi, etc.) segments.
Several L2 network segments may be interconnected via switches (a.k.a. bridges) to
form an L2 network, which is one subnet in a layer 3 (L3) network (IPv4 or IPv6).
Multiple L3 networks are connected via routers (a.k.a. gate-ways) to form the
Internet. A single data centre may have several L2/L3 networks. Several data centres
may be interconnected via L2/L3 switches. Each of these network components -
NIC, L2 network, L2 switch, L3 networks, L3 routers, data centres, and the Internet
- needs to be virtualised. There are multiple, often competing, standards for
virtualization of several of these components. Several new ones are being developed.

When a VM moves from one subnet to another, its IP address must change,
which complicates routing. It is well known that IP addresses are both locators and
system identifiers, so when a system moves, its L3 identifier changes. In spite of all
the developments of mobile IP, it is significantly simpler to move systems within
one subnet (within one L2 domain) than between subnets. This is because the IEEE
802 addresses used in L2 networks (both Ethernet and WiFi) are system identifiers
(not locators) and do not change when a system moves. Therefore, when a network
connection spans multiple L2 networks via L3 routers, it is often desirable to create
a virtual L2 network that spans the entire network. In a loose sense, several IP
networks together appear as one Ethernet network.

6.2 Virtualisation Of NICs

Each computer system needs at least one L2 NIC (Ethernet card) for
communication. There-fore, each physical system has at least one physical NIC.
However, if we run multiple VMs on the system, each VM needs its own virtual
NIC. As shown in Fig. 6.1, one way to solve this problem is for the “hypervisor”
software that provides processor virtualization also implements as many virtual

NICs (vNICs) as there are VMs. These vNICs are interconnected via a virtual switch
(vSwitch) which is connected to the physical NIC (pNIC). Multiple pNICs are
connected to a physical switch (pSwitch). We use this notation of using p-prefix for
physical and v-prefix for virtual objects. In the figures, virtual objects are shown by
dotted lines, while physical objects are shown by solid lines.














Figure 6.1- Three approaches to NIC virtualization

Virtualization of the NIC may seem straight-forward. However, there is
significant industry competition. Different segments of the networking industry have
come up with competing standards. Figure 6.1 shows three different approaches.

The first approach, providing a software vNIC via hypervisor, is the one
proposed by VM software vendors. This virtual Ethernet bridge (VEB) approach has
the virtue of being trans-parent and straightforward. Its opponents point out that
there is significant software overhead, and vNICs may not be easily manageable by
external network management software. Also, vNICs may not provide all the
features today’s pNICs provide.

The second approach provided by pNIC vendors (or pNIC chip vendors) have
their own solution, which provides virtual NIC ports using single-route I/O
virtualization (SR-IOV) on the peripheral-component interconnect (PCI) bus.


The third approach by the switch vendors (or pSwitch chip vendors) have yet
another set of solutions that provide virtual channels for inter-VM communication
using a virtual Ethernet port aggregator (VEPA), which passes the frames simply to
an external switch that implements inter-VM communication policies and reflects
some traffic back to other VMs in the same machine. IEEE 802.1Qbg specifies both

6.3 Virtualisation of Switches

A typical Ethernet switch has 32–128 ports. The number of physical machines
that need to be connected on an L2 network is typically much larger than this.
Therefore, several layers of switches need to be used to form an L2 network. IEEE
Bridge Port Extension standard 802.1BR, shown in Fig. 2, allows forming a virtual
bridge with a large number of ports using port extenders that are simple relays and
may be physical or virtual (like a vSwitch).


Port extender Port extender

Port extender Port extender

Figure 6.2- IEEE 802.1BR bridge port extension.

6.4 Virtualisation in LAN Clouds

One additional problem in the cloud environment is that multiple VMs in a
single physical machine may belong to different clients and thus need to be in
different virtual LANs (VLANs). As discussed earlier, each of these VLANs may
span several data centres interconnected via L3 networks, as shown in Fig. 6.3.


erver 1
erver 2





LAN 22
LAN 34





LAN 74
LAN 98

Hypervisor VTEP IP1

L3 networks

Hypervisor VTEP IP2

Figure 6.3- Different virtual machines may be in different VLANs.

Again, there are a number of competing proposals to solve this problem.
VMware and sever-al partner companies have proposed virtual extensible LANs
(VXLANs). Network virtualization using generic routing encapsulation (NVGRE)
and the Stateless Transport Tunnelling (STT) protocol are two other proposals being
considered in the Network Virtualization over L3 (NVO3) working group of the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

6.5 Network Function Virtualisation

Standard multi-core processors are now so fast that it is possible to design
networking devices using software modules that run on standard processors. By
combining many different functional modules, any networking device - L2 switch,
L3 router, application delivery controller, and so on - can be composed cost
effectively and with acceptable performance. The Network Function Virtualization
(NFV) group of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is
working on developing standards to enable this.

6.6 Software Defined Networking

Software defined networking is the latest revolution in networking
innovations. All components of the networking industry, including network
equipment vendors, Internet service providers, cloud service providers, and users,

are working on or looking forward to various aspects of SDN. SDN consists of four
· Separation of the control and data planes
· Centralization of the control plane
· Programmability of the control plane
· Standardization of application programming interfaces (APIs)

Each of these innovations is explained briefly below.

6.7 Separation of the Control Plane and Data Plane

Networking protocols are often arranged in three planes: data, control, and
management. The data plane consists of all the messages that are generated by the
users. To transport these messages, the network needs to do some house-keeping
work, such as finding the shortest path using L3 routing protocols such as Open
Shortest Path First (OSPF) or L2 forwarding proto-cols such as Spanning Tree. The
messages used for this purpose are called control messages and are essential for
network operation. In addition, the network manager may want to keep track of
traffic statistics and the state of various networking equipment. This is done via
network management. Management, although important, is different from control in
that it is optional and is often not done for small networks such as home networks.

One of the key innovations of SDN is that the control should be separated from
the data plane. The data plane consists of forwarding the packets using the
forwarding tables prepared by the control plane. The control logic is separated and
implemented in a controller that prepares the forwarding table. The switches
implement data plane (forwarding) logic that is greatly simplified. This reduces the
complexity and cost of the switches significantly.

6.8 Centralisation of Control Plane

The U.S. Department of Defence funded Advanced Research Project Agency
Network (ARPAnet) research in the early 1960s to counter the threat that the entire
nationwide communication system could be disrupted if the telecommunication
centres, which were highly centralized and owned by a single company at that time,

were to be attacked. ARPAnet researchers therefore came up with a totally
distributed architecture in which the communication continues and packets find the
path (if one exists) even if many of the routers become non-operational. Both the
data and control planes were totally distributed. For example, each router
participates in helping prepare the routing tables. Routers exchange reachability
information with their neighbours and neighbours’ neighbours, and so on. This
distributed control paradigm was one of the pillars of Internet design and
unquestionable up until a few years ago.

Centralization, which was considered a bad thing until a few years ago, is now
considered good, and for good reason. Most organizations and teams are run using
centralized control. If an employee falls sick, he/she simply calls the boss, and the
boss makes arrangements for the work to continue in his/her absence. Now consider
what would happen in an organization that is totally distributed. The sick employee,
say John, will have to call all his co-employees and tell them that he/she is sick.
They will tell other employees that John is sick. This will take quite a bit of time
before everyone will know about John’s sickness, and then everyone will decide
what, if anything, to do to alleviate the problem until John recovers. This is quite
inefficient, but is how current Internet control protocols work. Centralization of
control makes sensing the state and adjusting the control dynamically based on state
changes much faster than with distributed protocols.

Of course, centralization has scaling issues but so do distributed methods. For
both cases, we need to divide the network into subsets or areas that are small enough
to have a common control strategy. A clear advantage of centralised control is that
the state changes or policy changes propagate much faster than in a totally
distributed system. Also, standby controllers can be used to take over in case of
failures of the main controller. Note that the data plane is still fully distributed.

6.9 Programmable Control Plane

Now that the control plane is centralized in a central controller, it is easy for
the network manager to implement control changes by simply changing the control
program. In effect, with a suitable API, one can implement a variety of policies and
change them dynamically as the system states or needs change.

This programmable control plane is the most important aspect of the SDN. A
programmable control plane in effect allows the network to be divided into several
virtual networks that have very different policies and yet reside on a shared
hardware infrastructure. Dynamically changing the policy would be very difficult
and slow with a totally distributed control plane.

6.10 Standardisation of API

SDN consists of a centralised control plane with a southbound API for
communication with the hardware infrastructure and a northbound API for
communication with the network applications. The control plane can be further
subdivided into a hypervisor layer and a control system layer. A number of
controllers are already available. Floodlight is one example. OpenDaylight is a
multi-company effort to develop an open source controller. A networking hypervisor
called FlowVisor that acts as a transparent proxy between forwarding hardware and
multiple controllers is also available.

The main southbound API is OpenFlow, which is being standardized by the
Open Networking Foundation. A number of proprietary southbound APIs also exist,
such as OnePK from Cisco. These later ones are especially suit-able for legacy
equipment from respective vendors. Some argue that a number of previously
existing control and management protocols, such as Extensible Messaging and
Presence Protocol (XMPP), Interface to the Routing System (I2RS), Software
Driven Networking Protocol (SDNP), Active Virtual Network Management

Protocol (AVNP), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Network
Configuration (Net-Conf), Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES),
Path Computation Element (PCE), and Content Delivery Network Interconnection
(CDNI), are also potential southbound APIs. However, given that each of these was
developed for another specific application, they have limited applicability as a
general-purpose southbound control API.

Northbound APIs have not been standardised yet. Each controller may have a
different programming interface. Until this API is standardised, development of

network applications for SDN will be limited. There is also a need for an east-west
API that will allow different controllers from neighbouring domains or in the same
domain to communicate with each other.

Networking industry has shown enormous interest in SDN. SDN is expected
to make the net-works programmable and easily partitionable and virtualisable.
These features are required for cloud computing where the network infrastructure is
shared by a number of competing entities. Also, given simplified data plane, the
forwarding elements are expected to be very cheap standard hardware. Thus, SDN is
expect-ed to reduce both capital expenditure and operational expenditure for service
providers, cloud service providers, and enterprise data centres that use lots of
switches and routers.
SDN is like a tsunami that is taking over other parts of the computing industry
as well. More and more devices are following the software defined path with most of
the logic implemented in software over standard processors. Thus, today we have
software defined base stations, software defined optical switches, software defined
routers, and so on.
Regardless of what happens to current approaches to SDN, it is certain that the
networks of tomorrow will be more programmable than today. Programmability will
become a common feature of all networking hardware so that a large number of
devices can be programmed (aka orchestrated) simultaneously. The exact APIs that
will become common will be decided by transition strategies since billions of legacy
networking devices will need to be included in any orchestration.
It must be pointed out that NFV and SDN are highly complementary
technologies. They are not dependent on each other.

6.11 Open Application Delivery Using SDN

While current SDN-based efforts are mostly restricted to L3 and below
(network traffic), it may be extended to manage L3 and above application traffic as
well. Application traffic management involves enforcing application deployment
and delivery policies on application traffic flows that may be identified by the type

of application, application deployment context (application partitioning and
replication, intermediary service access for security, performance, etc.), user and
server contexts (load, mobility, failures, etc.), and application QoS requirements.
This is required since delivering modern Internet-scale applications has become
increasingly complex even inside a single private data centre.

Key features of OpenADN

· OpenADN takes network virtualization to the extreme of making the global
Internet look like a virtual single data centre to each ASP.

· Proxies can be located anywhere on the global Internet. Of course, they should
be located in proximity to users and servers for optimal performance.

· Backward compatibility means that legacy traffic can pass through OpenADN
boxes, and OpenADN traffic can pass through legacy boxes.

· No changes to the core Internet are neces-sary since only some edge devices
need to be OpenADN/SDN/OpenFlow-aware. The remaining devices and
routers can remain legacy.

· Incremental deployment can start with just a few OpenADN-aware OpenFlow

· Economic incentives for first adopters are to be found by ISPs that deploy a few
of these switches, and those ASPs that use OpenADN will benefit immediately
from the technology.

· ISPs keep complete control over their net-work resources, while ASPs keep
complete control over their application data, which may be confidential and




7.1 Introduction

Cloud Computing is becoming increasingly popular for its better usability,
lower cost, higher utilization, and better management. Apart from publicly available
cloud infrastructure such as Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, or Google App Engine,
many enterprises are setting up “private clouds". Private clouds are internal to the
organization and hence provide more security, privacy, and also better control on
usage, cost and pricing models. Private clouds are becoming increasingly popular
not just with large organizations but also with medium sized organizations which
run a few tens to a few hundreds of IT services.

An academic institution (university) can benefit significantly from private
cloud infrastructure to service its IT, research, and teaching requirements. The paper,
discusses the experience with setting up a private cloud infrastructure in Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, which has around 8000 students, 450 faculty
members, more than 1000 workstations, and around a hundred server-grade
machines to manage the IT infrastructure. With many different departments and
research groups requiring compute infrastructure for their teaching and research
work, and other IT services, IIT Delhi has many different “labs" and “server rooms"
scattered across the campus. The aim to consolidate this compute infrastructure by
setting up a private cloud and providing VMs to the campus community to run their
workloads. This can significantly reduce hardware, power, and management costs,
and also relieve individual research groups of management headaches. A cloud
infrastructure with around 30 servers, each with 24 cores, 10 TB shared SAN-based
storage, all connected with 10Gbps fibre. A Virtual Machine is run on this hardware
infrastructure using KVM and manages these hosts using the custom management
layer developed using Python and libvirt


7.2 Salient Design Features of the Academic Cloud

While implementing the private cloud infrastructure, the team came across
several issues that have previously not been addressed by commercial cloud
offerings. Some of the main challenges faced by the team are discussed below:

Workflow: In an academic environment the concern is about simplicity and
usability of the workflow for researchers (e.g., Ph.D. students, research staff, faculty
members) and administrators (system administrators, policy makers and enforcers,
approvers for resource usage).

For authentication, the cloud service is integrated with a campus-wide LDAP
server to leverage existing authentication mechanisms and also the service with the
campus-wide mail and Kerberos servers. A researcher creates a request which
should be approved by the concerned faculty member before it is approved by the
cloud administrator. Both the faculty member and cloud administrator can change
the request parameters (e.g., number of cores, memory size, disk size, etc.) which is
followed by a one click installation of the virtual machine. As soon as the virtual
machine is installed, the faculty and the students are informed about the same with a
VNC console password that they can use to access the virtual machine.

Cost and Freedom: In an academic setting, concern is also about both cost and
freedom to tweak the software. For this reason, on free and open-source
infrastructure are chosen. Enterprise solutions like those provided by VMware are
both expensive and restrictive. The virtualization stack comprising of KVM, Libvirt,
and Web2py is open-source and available freely.

Workload Performance: The researchers typically need large number of VMs
executing complex simulations communicating with each other through message-
passing interfaces like MPI. Both compute and I/O performance is critical for such
workloads. Hardware and software are chosen to provide the maximum performance
possible. For example, the best possible bandwidths between the physical hosts,
storage arrays, and external network switches are ensured with available hardware.
Similarly, the best possible emulated devices in Virtual Machine Monitor are used.
Whenever possible, para-virtual devices for maximum performance are used.

Maximizing Resource Usage: Currently dedicated high-performance server-
class hardware to host cloud infrastructure is used. Custom scheduling and
admission-control policies to provide maximal resource usage are employed. In
future, plan is to use the idle capacity of lab and server rooms to implement larger
cloud infrastructure at minimal cost. Some details are discussed below. A typical
lab contains tens to a few hundred commodity desktop machines, each having one or
more CPUs, a few 100 GBs of storage, connected over 100Mbps or 1Gbps Ethernet.
Often these clusters of computers are also connected to a shared Network-Attached
Storage (NAS) device. For example, there are around 150 commodity computers in
the Computer Science department. Typical utilization of these desktop computers is
very low (1-10%). Intention to use this “community" infrastructure for running the
cloud service. The VMs will run in background, causing no interference to the
applications and experience of the workstation user. This can significantly improve
the resource utilization of lab machines.

7.3 Challenges

Reliability: In lab environments, it is common for desktops to randomly
switch-off or become disconnected. These failures can be due to several reasons
including manual reboots, pulling out of network cables, power outages, or physical
hardware failures. Work on techniques to have redundant VM images to be able to
recover from such failures is in progress.
Network and Storage topology: Most cloud offerings use shared storage
(SAN/NAS). Such shared storage can result in a single point of failure. Highly
reliable storage arrays tend to be expensive. Use of disk- attached-storage in each
computer to provide a high-performance shared storage pool with built-in
redundancy is under investigation. Similarly, redundancy in network topology is
required to tolerate network failures.

Scheduling: Scheduling of VMs on server-class hardware has been well-
studied and is implemented on current cloud offerings. Scheduling algorithms for
commodity hardware where network bandwidths are lower is being developed,

storage is distributed, and redundancy is implemented. For example, the scheduling
algorithm maintains redundant copies of a VM in separate physical environments.

Encouraging Responsible Behaviour: Public clouds charge their users for
CPU, disk, and network usage on per CPU-hour, GB-month, and Gbps-month
metrics. Instead of a strict pricing model, reliance on good community behaviour is
ensured by using different categories of users.

7.4 Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is integrated with the open source Eucalyptus private
cloud platform, making it possible to create a private cloud with much less
configuration than installing Linux first, then Eucalyptus. Ubuntu/Eucalyptus
internal cloud offering is designed to be compatible with Amazon's EC2 public
cloud service which offers additional ease of use. On the other side, there is a need
to familiarize with both Ubuntu and Eucalyptus, as were frequently required to
search beyond Ubuntu documentation following the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud's
dependence on Eucalyptus. For example, it was observed that Ubuntu had weak
documentation for customizing images, which is an important step in deploying their
cloud. Further even though the architecture is quite stable and worth using, it doesn't
serve the requirements of a custom tailored interface which should suit an academic
or research environment like IIT Delhi.

7.5 VMware vCloud

VMware vCloud offers on demand cloud infrastructure such that end users can
consume virtual resources with maximum agility. It offers consolidated data centres
and an option to deploy workloads on shared infrastructure with built-in security and
role-based access control. Migration of workloads between different clouds and
integration of existing management systems using customer extensions, APIs, and
open cross-cloud standards serves as one of the most convincing arguments to use
the same for a private cloud. Despite these features and one of the most stable cloud
platforms VMware vCloud might not be an ideal solution to be deployed by an
academic institution owing to the high licensing costs attached to it, though it might
prove ideal for an Enterprise with sufficiently good budget.

7.6 Baadal: The Workflow Management Tool for Academic Requirements

Currently Baadal is based on KVM as the hypervisor and the Libvirt API
which serves as a toolkit to interact with the virtualization capabilities. The choice of
libvirt is guided by the fact that libvirt can work on variety of hypervisors including
KVM, Xen, and VMWare. Thus, the underlying hypervisor technology can be
changed at any later stage with minimal efforts.

Management software is exported in two layers, namely Web based and
Command-line interface (CLI). While the web based interface is built using web2py,
a MVC based python framework, use of python is continued for the command line
interface as well. The choice of the python as the primary language for the entire
project is supported by the excellent support and documentation by libvirt




Cloud computing is a result of advances in virtualization in computing,
storage, and networking. Networking virtualisation is still in its infancy. Numerous
standards related to network virtualization have recently been developed in the IEEE
and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and several are still being developed.
One of the key recent developments in this direction is software defined networking.
The key innovations of SDN are separation of the control and data planes,
centralisation of control, programmability, and stan-dard southbound, northbound,
and east-west APIs. This will allow a large num-ber of devices to easily be
orchestrated (programmed). OpenFlow is the standard southbound API being
defined by Open Networking Forum. Work on OpenADN, which is a network
application based on SDN that enables application partitioning and delivery in a
multi-cloud environment.

The recent developments in cloud computing were reviewed from available
literature with specific reference to performance evaluation of cloud environment
and innovation in the field of network virtualisation.

The designing and implementation of an academic cloud, Baadal at IIT Delhi
with in-house efforts were examined as a case study to highlight the developments
within the country in the sphere of cloud computing.



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