Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Science


Computer Science


Dr. Hanan Lutfiyya


Cloud based data centres benefit from minimizing operating costs and service level agreement violations. Vector-based data centre management policies have been shown to assist with these goals. Vector-based data centre management policies arrange virtual machines in a data centre to minimize the number of hosts being used which translates to greater power efficiency and reduced costs for the data centre overall. I propose an improved vector-based virtual machine arrangement algorithm with two novel additions, namely a technique that changes what it means for a host to be balanced and a concept that excludes undesirable target hosts, thereby improving the arrangement process. Experiments conducted with a simulated data centre demonstrate the effectiveness of this algorithm and compares it to existing algorithms.