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CLOUD 2018
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Making Serverless Computing More Serverless

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Abstract

In serverless computing, developers define a function to handle an event, and the serverless framework horizontally scales the application as needed. The downside of this function-based abstraction is it limits the type of application supported and places a bound on the function to be within the physical resource limitations of the server the function executes on. In this paper we propose a new abstraction for serverless computing: a developer supplies a process and the serverless framework seamlessly scales out the process's resource usage across the datacenter. This abstraction enables processing to not only be more general purpose, but also allows a process to break out of the limitations of a single server - making serverless computing more serverless. To realize this abstraction, we propose ServerlessOS, comprised of three key components: (i) a new disaggregation model, which leverages disaggregation for abstraction, but enables resources to move fluidly between servers for performance; (ii) a cloud orchestration layer which manages fine-grained resource allocation and placement throughout the application's lifetime via local and global decision making; and (iii) an isolation capability that enforces data and resource isolation across disaggregation, effectively extending Linux cgroup functionality to span servers.

Date

07 Sep 2018

Publication

CLOUD 2018

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