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978-3-8439-2018-6, Reihe Informatik

Christian Straube
A Process Model for the Integrated Reasoning about Quantitative IT Infrastructure Attributes

389 Seiten, Dissertation Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2014), Hardcover, A5

Zusammenfassung / Abstract

IT infrastructures can be quantitatively described by attributes, like performance or energy efficiency. Ever-changing user demands and economic attempts require varying short-term and long-term decisions regarding the alignment of an IT infrastructure and particularly its attributes to this dynamic surrounding. Potentially conflicting attribute goals and the central role of IT infrastructures presuppose decision making based upon reasoning, the process of forming inferences from facts or premises. The focus on specific IT infrastructure parts or a fixed (small) attribute set disqualify existing reasoning approaches for this intent, as they neither cover the (complex) interplay of all IT infrastructure components simultaneously, nor do they address inter- and intra-attribute correlations sufficiently.

This thesis presents a process model for the integrated reasoning about quantitative IT infrastructure attributes. The process model‘s main idea is to formalize the compilation of an individual reasoning function, a mathematical mapping of parametric influencing factors and modifications on an attribute vector. Compilation bases upon model integration to benefit from the multitude of existing specialized, elaborated, and well-established attribute models. The achieved reasoning function consumes an individual tuple of IT infrastructure components, attributes, and external influencing factors to expose a broad applicability. The process model provides five template classes that collectively formalize all phases in order to foster reproducibility and to reduce error-proneness.

Process model validation is threefold. A controlled experiment reasons about a Raspberry Pi cluster‘s performance and energy efficiency to illustrate feasibility. Besides, a requirements analysis on a world-class supercomputer and on the European-wide execution of hydro meteorology simulations as well as a related work examination disclose the process model‘s level of innovation.