Answering what-if deployment and configuration questions with wise

TitleAnswering what-if deployment and configuration questions with wise
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsTariq M, Zeitoun A, Valancius V, Feamster N, Ammar M
Conference NameProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2008 conference on Data communication
Date Published2008///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-60558-175-0
Keywordscontent distribution networks, performance modeling, what-if scenario evaluation

Designers of content distribution networks often need to determine how changes to infrastructure deployment and configuration affect service response times when they deploy a new data center, change ISP peering, or change the mapping of clients to servers. Today, the designers use coarse, back-of-the-envelope calculations, or costly field deployments; they need better ways to evaluate the effects of such hypothetical "what-if" questions before the actual deployments. This paper presents What-If Scenario Evaluator (WISE), a tool that predicts the effects of possible configuration and deployment changes in content distribution networks. WISE makes three contributions: (1) an algorithm that uses traces from existing deployments to learn causality among factors that affect service response-time distributions; (2) an algorithm that uses the learned causal structure to estimate a dataset that is representative of the hypothetical scenario that a designer may wish to evaluate, and uses these datasets to predict future response-time distributions; (3) a scenario specification language that allows a network designer to easily express hypothetical deployment scenarios without being cognizant of the dependencies between variables that affect service response times. Our evaluation, both in a controlled setting and in a real-world field deployment at a large, global CDN, shows that WISE can quickly and accurately predict service response-time distributions for many practical What-If scenarios.