Virtual Machine Placement in a Heterogeneous Data Center


Method for virtual machine placement

NJIT Case No. 16-021


Inventors: Nirwan Ansari, Xiang Sun


Intellectual Property & Development status: US Patent Protection is pending.

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Technology Brief: Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have invented a method for mapping a plurality of unassigned virtual machines (VMs) to a plurality of physical machines (PMs) in the data center.


Data centers provide a platform for users to run applications.  A data center usually contains a number of computer servers, which provide hardware and software resources for storage, management and dissemination of data and information related to the applications. The servers of the data center may also provide a plurality of virtual machines, one or a subset of which are used to run applications. The management of both the hardware and software resources of a data center has a significant impact on the cost of operating the data center. The invention proposes a novel VM Placement algorithm i.e. dominant resource aware VM placement, which iteratively solves the PM activation and VM mapping problem by considering the heterogeneous features of the data center. 


Inventors Bio:

Nirwan Ansari is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He has also been a visiting (chair) professor at several universities. He received a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1988, an MSEE from the University of Michigan in 1983, and a BSEE (summa cum laude with a perfect GPA) from NJIT in 1982. He recently authored Green Mobile Networks: A Networking Perspective (IEEE-Wiley, 2017) with T. Han, and co-authored two other books. He has also (co-)authored more than 500 technical publications, over 200 published in widely cited journals/ magazines. He has guest-edited a number of special issues covering various emerging topics in communications and networking. He has served on the editorial/advisory board of over ten journals. His current research focuses on green communications and networking, cloud computing, and various aspects of broadband networks. Professor Ansari was elected to serve in the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Board of Governors as a member-at-large, has chaired ComSoc technical committees, and has been actively organizing numerous IEEE International Conferences/Symposia/Workshops. He currently serves in the IEEE Fellow Committee and is chairing the HPSR Steering Committee. He has frequently been delivering keynote addresses, distinguished lectures, tutorials, and invited talks. Some of his recognitions include IEEE Fellow, several Excellence in Teaching Awards, a few best paper awards, the IEEE GCCTC Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award, the ComSoc AHSN TC Technical Recognition Award, Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award, the NCE Excellence in Research Award, the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame Inventor of the Year Award, the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, and designation as a COMSOC Distinguished Lecturer. He has also been granted 36 U.S. patents.




Patent Information:
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Takeyah Young
VP Business Incub & Commercializtn
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Nirwan Ansari
Xiang Sun
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