PerfEnforce: A Dynamic Scaling Engine for Analytics with Performance Guarantees. In this paper, we present PerfEnforce, a scaling engine designed to enable cloud providers to sell performance levels for data analytics cloud services. PerfEnforce scales a cluster of virtual machines allocated to a user in a way that minimizes cost while probabilistically meeting the query runtime guarantees offered by a service level agreement. With PerfEnforce, we show how to scale a cluster in a way that minimally disrupts a user’s query session. We further show when to scale the cluster using one of three methods: feedback control, reinforcement learning, or perceptron learning. We find that perceptron learning outperforms the other two methods when making cluster scaling decisions.

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