CloudSuite A Benchmark Suite for Cloud Services


  • Jan 2016:
    A tutorial, Server Benchmarking with CloudSuite 3.0, will be presented on April 18th at EuroSys 2016.

  • Dec 2015:
    A tutorial, Server Benchmarking with CloudSuite 3.0, will be presented on January 20th at HiPEAC 2016.

  • Feb 2015:
    A two-day tutorial, Rigorous and Practical Server Design Evaluation, will be presented on February 2nd-3rd at EPFL. Here are the tutorial slides used on the first day and the second day.

  • CloudSuite 3.0

    CloudSuite is a benchmark suite for cloud services. The third release consists of eight applications that have been selected based on their popularity in today's datacenters. The benchmarks are based on real-world software stacks and represent real-world setups.


    Cloud computing is emerging as a dominant computing platform for providing scalable online services to a global client base. Today's popular online services (e.g., web search, social networking, and business analytics) are characterized by massive working sets, high degrees of parallelism, and real-time constraints. These characteristics set cloud services apart from desktop (SPEC), parallel (PARSEC), and traditional commercial server applications. In order to stimulate research in the field of cloud and data-centric computing, we have created CloudSuite, a benchmark suite based on real-world online services.

    CloudSuite covers a broad range of application categories commonly found in today's datacenters. The first release included data analytics, data serving, media streaming, large-scale and computation-intensive tasks, web search, and web serving. The second release also included graph analytics and data caching.

    CloudSuite 3.0 is a major enhancement over prior releases both in benchmarks and infrastructure. It includes benchmarks that represent massive data maniuplation with tight latency constraints such as in-memory data analytics using Apache Spark, a new real-time video streaming benchmark following today’s most popular video-sharing website setups, and a new web serving benchmark mirroring today’s multi-tier web server software stacks with a caching layer.

    Deploying CloudSuite

    To ease the deployment of CloudSuite into private and public cloud systems, we provide docker images for all CloudSuite benchmarks (available here). We are also integrating CloudSuite into Google's PerfKit Benchmarker. PerfKit helps at automating the process of benchmarking across existing cloud-server systems.

    In addition to these Docker images, we have also prepared--and provide upon request--CloudSuite images running on the Simics full-system simulator, to facilitate micro-architectural simulation of CloudSuite applications. The Simics images allow the simulation of CloudSuite applications running on up to 64 cores and were released at our ISCA 2012 tutorial: "CloudSuite on Flexus".

    To get a copy of these CloudSuite images, please send an email to cloudsuite-admin(at); you will be provided with an account to access and download the images. Please note that these images are based on the SPARC v9 ISA, running the Solaris OS, and are only compatible with Simics.

    Usage and licenses of CloudSuite

    CloudSuite is available for researchers interested in pursuing research in the field of cloud computing and datacenters. CloudSuite's software components are all available as open-source software. All of the software components are governed by their own licensing terms. Researchers interested in using CloudSuite are required to fully understand and abide by the licensing terms of the various components. For more information, please refer to the license page.

    For a microarchitectural characterization of the benchmarks, please see the following ASPLOS 2012 paper: "Clearing the Clouds: A Study of Emerging Scale-out Workloads on Modern Hardware"