Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

6-2010

Abstract

This paper reports on a preliminary study to assess the feasibility of using the Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Research testbed to provide offline and online analytical support for taxi fleet operations. In the study, we benchmarked the performance gains from distributing the offline analysis of GPS location traces over multiple virtual machines using the Apache Hadoop implementation of the MapReduce paradigm. We also explored the use of the Apache Cassandra distributed database system for online retrieval of vehicle trace data. While configuring the testbed infrastructure was straightforward, we encountered severe I/O bottlenecks in running the benchmarks due to the lack of local disk storage on the compute nodes. This design limitation severely impedes the analysis of large data sets using cloud computing technologies.

Keywords

taxi fleet management, GPS data

Discipline

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Publication

Technical Paper Series

Publisher

Singapore Management University School of Information Systems

City or Country

Singapore

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