On Energy Efficiency and Performance Evaluation of SBC based Clusters: A Hadoop case study

by   Basit Qureshi, et al.

Energy efficiency in a data center is a challenge and has garnered researchers interest. In this paper we address the energy efficiency issue of a small scale data center by utilizing Single Board Computer (SBC) based clusters. A compact design layout is presented to build two clusters using 20 nodes each. Extensive testing was carried out to analyze the performance of these clusters using popular performance benchmarks for task execution time, memory/storage utilization, network throughput and energy consumption. Further, we investigate the cost of operating SBC based clusters by correlating energy utilization for the execution time of various benchmarks using workloads of different sizes. Results show that, although the low-cost benefit of a cluster built with ARM-based SBCs is desirable, these clusters yield low comparable performance and energy efficiency due to limited onboard capabilities. It is possible to tweak Hadoop configuration parameters for an ARM-based SBC cluster to efficiently utilize resources. We present, a discussion on the effectiveness of the SBC-based clusters as a testbed for inexpensive and green cloud computing research.



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