Telco Clouds - Modelling and Simulation

Jakub Krzywda, William Tärneberg, Per-Olov Östberg, Maria Kihl, Erik Elmroth


In this paper, we propose a telco cloud meta-model that can be used to simulate different infrastructure configurations and explore their consequences for system performance and costs. To achieve this, we analyse current telecommunication and data centre infrastructure paradigms, describe the architecture of the telco cloud, and detail the benefits of merging both infrastructures in a unified system. Next, we detail the dynamics of the telco cloud and identify the components that are the most relevant from the perspective of modelling performance and cost. As a number of well established simulation technologies exist for most of the telco cloud components, we survey existing models in an attempt to construct a suitable composite meta-model. Finally, we present a showcase scenario to demonstrate the scope of our telco cloud simulator.


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Paper Citation

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Krzywda J., Tärneberg W., Östberg P., Kihl M. and Elmroth E. (2015). Telco Clouds - Modelling and Simulation . In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-758-104-5, pages 597-609. DOI: 10.5220/0005494805970609

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author={Jakub Krzywda and William Tärneberg and Per-Olov Östberg and Maria Kihl and Erik Elmroth},
title={Telco Clouds - Modelling and Simulation},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
TI - Telco Clouds - Modelling and Simulation
SN - 978-989-758-104-5
AU - Krzywda J.
AU - Tärneberg W.
AU - Östberg P.
AU - Kihl M.
AU - Elmroth E.
PY - 2015
SP - 597
EP - 609
DO - 10.5220/0005494805970609