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Title: Traffic-sensitive Live Migration of Virtual Machines

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Future Generations Computer Systems
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Journal Volume: 72; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-12-18 09:11:35; Journal ID: ISSN 0167-739X
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Deshpande, Umesh, and Keahey, Kate. Traffic-sensitive Live Migration of Virtual Machines. Netherlands: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.future.2016.05.003.
Deshpande, Umesh, & Keahey, Kate. Traffic-sensitive Live Migration of Virtual Machines. Netherlands. doi:10.1016/j.future.2016.05.003.
Deshpande, Umesh, and Keahey, Kate. 2017. "Traffic-sensitive Live Migration of Virtual Machines". Netherlands. doi:10.1016/j.future.2016.05.003.
title = {Traffic-sensitive Live Migration of Virtual Machines},
author = {Deshpande, Umesh and Keahey, Kate},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1016/j.future.2016.05.003},
journal = {Future Generations Computer Systems},
number = C,
volume = 72,
place = {Netherlands},
year = 2017,
month = 7

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