Journal of Grid Computing

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 181–204 | Cite as

Evaluation of an Accounting Model for Dynamic Virtual Organizations

  • Martin Waldburger
  • Matthias Göhner
  • Helmut Reiser
  • Gabi Dreo Rodosek
  • Burkhard Stiller


Accounting of Grid resource and service usage determines the central support activity for Grid systems to be adopted as a means for service-oriented computing in Dynamic Virtual Organizations (DVO). An all-embracing study of existing Grid accounting systems has revealed that these approaches focus primarily on technical precision, while they lack a foundation of appropriate economic accounting principles and the support for multi-provider scenarios or virtualization concepts. Consequently, a new, flexible, resource-based accounting model for DVOs was developed, combining technical and economic accounting by means of Activity-based Costing. Driven by a functional evaluation, this paper pursues a full-fledged evaluation of the new, generically applicable Grid accounting model. This is done for the specific environment of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Garching, Germany. Thus, a detailed evaluation methodology and evaluation environment is outlined, leading to actual model-based cost calculations for a defined set of considered Grid services. The results gained are analyzed and respective conclusions on model applicability, optimizations, and further extensions are drawn.


Grid computing Accounting Dynamic virtual organization Activity-based costing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Waldburger
    • 1
  • Matthias Göhner
    • 2
  • Helmut Reiser
    • 3
  • Gabi Dreo Rodosek
    • 2
  • Burkhard Stiller
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Informatics (IFI)University of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBwM)NeubibergGermany
  3. 3.Leibniz Supercomputing CentreGarching near MunichGermany
  4. 4.ETH Zürich, Computer Engineering and Networks Lab (TIK)ZürichSwitzerland

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