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A System and Method for Cloud Tenant Modelling with Multi-Dimensional Similarity Matching

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199992D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-23
Document File: 7 page(s) / 2M

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Abstract

Disclosed is a User Interface - Selector - Customizer model, which in the field of multi-tenant systems, enables systematic modelling and provisioning of (service) tenant requirements as multi-dimensional variants of existing tenants in the cloud.

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A System and Method for Cloud Tenant Modelling with Multi -Dimensional Similarity Matching

The proposed technique involves identification of a single (set of) existing tenant(s), whose functionalities when taken together can help meet the client's requirements. The suggested User Interface - Selector - Customizer model constructs a tenant for a new client with the help of functionalities from an existing set of tenants. Fig. 1 shows the User Interface - Selector - Customizer model. The User interface - Closest tenant selector - Customizer is modeled based on the Model View Controller (MVC)

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Figure 1: User interface - Selector - Customizer model that constructs a new tenant by identifying a single or a set of tenants that together satisfy the client's requirements.

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    The User Interface receives client's requirements and constraints through a user interface (front-end) and assembles it in a form suitable for comparison with the set of tenants provisioned by the service provider. Closest-Tenant Selector uses a matching algorithm to identify a single or a combination of existing tenants that satisfy the new client's requirements. The amount of similarity a client requirement has to a functionality of an existing tenant is determined by a numerical value referred to as the degree of match. Degree of match can be either exact or partial. The tenant selector's matching algorithm aims at identifying a minimal set of existing tenants that match the new client's requirements by trying to maximize the degree of match.

    At times a provider may be unable to identify a single (set of) tenant(s) that can completely satisfy a client's requirements or may only be able to identify tenant functionalities with which the client has a partial degree of match between. The tenants' functionalities that

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 rovide a partial match can be customized to meet the client's requirements. The Customizer tries to alter the tenant's functionality either positively - by adding the required characteristics, or negatively - by deleting excess characteristics in order to find an exact match. The Customizer could also probe existing tenants to identify a combination of tenant functionalities that exactly matches the client's requirements.

    We also introduce unique representations for a tenant and provider also referred to as Tenant Requirements Model (TRM) and Tenant Provider Model (TPM) respectively. A tenant contains the following - attributes, constraints, behavior and state information. Here, behavior contains a list of functionalities required by the tenant. Attributes can be classified into simple and complex attributes, where simple attributes are built on primitive data-types, while complex attributes are built on non-primitive data-types. An attribute is of the form: bankName = "ABC". Constraints contain a list of conditions set by a tenant. They can be of two kinds - inter-tenant cons...