Docker-pi: Docker Container Deployment in Fog Computing Infrastructures

Arif Ahmed 1 Guillaume Pierre 1
1 MYRIADS - Design and Implementation of Autonomous Distributed Systems
Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique , IRISA-D1 - SYSTÈMES LARGE ÉCHELLE
Abstract : The transition from virtual machine-based infrastructures to container-based ones brings the promise of swift and efficient software deployment in large-scale computing infrastructures. However, in fog computing environments which are often made of very small computers such as Raspberry PIs, deploying even a very simple Docker container may take multiple minutes. We demonstrate that Docker makes inefficient usage of the available hardware resources, essentially using different hardware subsystems (network bandwidth, CPU, disk I/O) sequentially rather than simultaneously. We therefore propose three optimizations which, once combined, reduce container deployment times by a factor up to 4. These optimizations also speed up deployment time by about 30% in datacenter-grade servers.
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Arif Ahmed, Guillaume Pierre. Docker-pi: Docker Container Deployment in Fog Computing Infrastructures. International Journal of Cloud Computing, Inderscience Publishers, In press, pp.1-20. ⟨hal-02271434⟩



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