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On trustworthy federated clouds : a coalitional game approach

Adel Abusitta, Martine Bellaïche and Michel Dagenais

Article (2018)

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The demands for cloud-based applications are expected to increase in such a way that current Cloud Providers’ (CPs) resources may become insufficient. This promotes the need to outsource some of the requested Virtual Machines (VMs) to other CPs. A Cloud Federation (CF) provides an effective platform that enables CPs to upgrade their resource scaling strategies. Several CF approaches have been proposed, but they suffer from the hazard of working with untrusted (malicious or not) CPs, resulting in performance degradation. To address this problem, we introduce a trust-based framework for CF formation. Our model enables a CP to evaluate other CPs’ trustworthiness by considering two approaches: objective and subjective trust evaluations. In the former, Bayesian inference is used to compute trust values based on previous interactions. In the latter, the Dempster-Shafer Theory (DST) integrated with the Bayasian inference is used to compute trust values in the absence of previous interactions. Thereafter, a novel decentralized algorithm is devised, based on coalitional game theory, that allows heterogenous CPs to establish their coalitions in such a way that maximises the trust of the formed federations. Experimental results show that our proposed algorithm enhances throughput, response time and availability of federated CPs compared to the QoS-based and Grand formation models.

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cloud federation; trust; virtual machines; game theory

Department: Department of Computer Engineering and Software Engineering
Research Center: Other
Funders: GRSNG / NSERC
Grant number: RGPIN 36677-2017
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/41217/
Journal Title: Computer Networks (vol. 145)
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI: 10.1016/j.comnet.2018.08.009
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comnet.2018.08.009
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 15:02
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2023 13:31
Cite in APA 7: Abusitta, A., Bellaïche, M., & Dagenais, M. (2018). On trustworthy federated clouds : a coalitional game approach. Computer Networks, 145, 52-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comnet.2018.08.009

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