Scalable Web Hosting Service: Load Balancing, Management and Performance Issues

Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 17:30
TH 331
Lubmila Cherkasova HP Labs

As the Web increasingly becomes a core element of business strategy, so the task of hosting web content has become mission critical. Few companies, however, have the resources, money and expertise to build their web site entirely in-house. For this reason, many businesses choose to outsource their Web hosting to Internet service providers (ISP).

We propose a new cost effective, content-aware load balancing solution, called FLEX, for a shared web hosting service implemented on a cluster. FLEX allocates hosted web sites to different machines in the cluster based on the sites' processing and memory requirements which are estimated using the site logs. Appropriate routing of requests can be achieved by using the DNS infrastructure, since each hosted web site has a unique domain name.

Using simulation based on real traces, we evaluate the potential benefits of the new solution. FLEX solution shows superliner speedup with increased number of nodes.


Ludmila Cherkasova is a senior technical contributor at HPLabs (Palo Alto). She joined HPLabs in 1991. Her research interests cover performance analysis, modeling and simulation, design and optimization of distributed systems, high-speed interconnects and fabrics, WWW. Last three years, her interests shifted to a web research: workload analysis, caching, web server performance, web clusters, large scale systems, and load balancing.