QoS-aware trust establishment for cloud federation

Asma Al-Saidi, Usama Ahmed, Omer Rana, Ioan Petri

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Cloud federation enables inter-layer resource exchanges among multiple, heterogeneous cloud service providers. This article proposes a Quality of Service (QoS) aware trust model for effective resource allocation in response to the various user requests within the Clouds4Coordination (C4C) federation system. This QoS mainly comprises of nine parameters combined into three categories: (i) node profile, (ii) reliability, and (iii) competence. Numerical values for these parameters are computed every ‘t’ seconds for each cloud provider. All values measured over an interval Δt are further processed by the proposed model to evaluate the utility associated with a provider (referred to as a discipline in the presented case study). The decision about interacting with a discipline in a collaborative project is based on this utility value. The systems architecture, evaluation methodology, proposed model, and experimental evaluation on a practical test bed is outlined. The proposed QoS-aware trust evaluation mechanism allows selection of the most useful (based on a utility value) providers. The proposed approach can be used to support federation of cloud services across a number of different application domains.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConcurrency Computation Practice and Experience
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 21 2021


  • composite services
  • Cloud Computing
  • federation
  • QoS
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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