A Cloud Computing Fault Detection Method Based on Deep Learning


In the cloud computing, in order to provide reliable and continuous service, the need for accurate and timely fault detection is necessary. However, cloud failure data, especially cloud fault feature data acquisition is difficult and the amount of data is too small, with large data training methods to solve a certain degree of difficulty. Therefore, a fault detection method based on depth learning is proposed. An auto-encoder with sparse denoising is used to construct a parallel structure network. It can automatically learn and extract the fault data characteristics and realize fault detection through deep learning. The experiment shows that this method can detect the cloud computing abnormality and determine the fault more effectively and accurately than the traditional method in the case of the small amount of cloud fault feature data.

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Gao, W. and Zhu, Y. (2017) A Cloud Computing Fault Detection Method Based on Deep Learning. Journal of Computer and Communications, 5, 24-34. doi: 10.4236/jcc.2017.512003.

1. Introduction

Cloud computing aims at reducing costs and improving efficiency, serving customers through resource sharing [1] . Cloud computing, on-demand access, extensive network access, resource pool and other features [2] , make its applications more widely. But its breadth and the complexity of the system make the annual rock machine time 5.26 minutes [3] , for example: in 2011, the interrupt service Amazon elastic cloud system crash; 2013 Amazon again 45 minutes of downtime. Failures in cloud computing not only cause losses to customers, but also have a significant impact on their reputation and economy [4] [5] .

High availability cloud computing needs to be guaranteed by continuously available cloud services, so it is necessary to study fault detection techniques to monitor, detect, and maintain continuity of cloud service operations. At present, experts and scholars pay attention to the statistical monitoring method, which is used in the fault detection of cloud computing. Most scholars use Bayesian probabilistic model, decision tree, entropy based and manifold learning algorithm for monitoring [6] [7] [8] [9] . Some scholars use cloud adaptive anomaly detection method to detect cloud faults and locate [10] [11] [12] to build high availability cloud computing. These studies are based on historical data analysis, training, and the establishment of a fault model, so as to classify and predict the failure of cloud computing. However, in order to improve the prediction accuracy of fault classification of cloud computing, cloud computing requires a lot of training to establish a model for fault data, although cloud computing can save the operation data, the active generation means to collect fault data, but these records are relatively few.

In recent years, with the idea of deep learning, depth learning can use a large number of unlabeled data to achieve unsupervised automatic learning [13] , through data feature extraction, and then can be used for classification and prediction. In 2006, Professor Hinton first proposed the depth of the belief network [14] , the depth of its thinking applied to the auto-encoder network to achieve high-dimensional data of low-dimensional features of internal expression [15] . Moreover, with the study of deep learning by many scholars, deep learning has been widely used in various fields such as image recognition [16] , Natural Language Processing [17] and so on. Among them, sparse auto-encoder [18] [19] [20] can use unsupervised automatic learning to abstract the data, and then can be used in classification and prediction, and effectively improve the accuracy. Therefore, a method of fault model detection based on depth learning is proposed. First of all, since the sparse auto-encoder automatic learning ability of running state data automatic data feature extraction, during denoising thought, makes the network more robust and stability; then uses the label of data fine-tuning the entire network, makes depth network reached the best effect of classification, and then realizes the cloud computing fault detection.

2. Auto-Encoder

2.1. Depth Auto-Encoder

Deep auto-encoder adopts the idea of deep learning, and extracts the different characteristics of original data to capture the most important factors of data, thus obtaining the compressed representation and distributed expression of raw data. The depth auto-encoder is composed of a auto-encoder model (Auto-Encoder, AE) in series. The concept of auto-encoder was first proposed by Rumelhartt [21] in 1986. The basic model of AE is similar to the BP neural network of three layers. It is divided into two parts: coding part and decoding part. Its main structural feature is that the number of neurons in the input layer is the same as the number of neurons in the output layer, and the training samples are unlabeled data, and the output value is the input value. The main purpose of using the model is to obtain data characteristics or nonlinear dimensionality reduction form of data by obtaining data structure of hidden layer. Its structure is shown in Figure 1.

From left to right, they are input layer, hidden layer and output layer. The mapping between the input layer and the intermediate hidden layer is encoded (edcoder), and the connection weight item W1 between neurons. The mapping between the hidden layer and the output layer is decoded (decoder), and the weight item W2 is connected. The idea of AE is that the input is identical to the output, and the objective function tries to approximate an identity, that is h W , b ( x ) x . If there are no labeled data sets { x 1 , x 2 , , x n } , then the cost function is:

J ( W , b ; x ) = 1 2 x x ^ 2

Among them, W is the weight parameter between the encoder neurons, b is the bias value, and the X sample input. x ^ is the actual output. In the encoding phase, the input layer is mapped to the hidden layer via nonlinear functions. The mathematical expressions are as follows:

z 1 = W 1 x + b 1 a = f ( z 1 )

Among them, X is the input unlabeled data sample; a is the encoded data after mapping; W is the connection weight between two layers; b is the bias value; f is the encoding activation function; the general is sigmoid function.

In the decoding phase, the decoding part is opposite to the encoding, in order to reconstruct the encoded data into the original data, and the expression is as follows:

Figure 1. Structure of auto-encoder.

z 2 = W 2 a + b 2 x ^ = f ( z 2 )

Among them, the decoded data is reconstructed; W is the weight between the decoded neurons; b is the bias value; F is the decoding activation function.

2.2. Sparse Auto-Encoder

In the encoder when number of neurons in the input layer is greater than the number of hidden layer neurons, will be forced to automatically learn the characteristics of the hidden layer input data compression feature representation or expression, but when the number of neurons in hidden layer is greater than the input layer number, in order to realize the effect will be better, can through the hidden layer nodes with sparse this restriction, also can obtain the original expression data feature. The sparse auto-encoder is based on the auto-encoder and adds the sparsity restriction to the hidden layer neuron, so that when the number of neurons in the hidden layer is larger, the network can still get better data characteristics.

Sparsity is achieved by whether the neuron is activated. When the neuron's activation function is sigmoid, if the neuron output is close to 1, the neuron is activated; if the output is close to 0, the neuron is suppressed. Therefore, the limitation of the sparsity in the network is that neurons are suppressed for most of the time, that is, a small amount of time is activated.

In sparse auto-encoder, in order to make the neurons in the hidden layer most of the time in a suppressed state, can join the sparse penalty factor in the cost function of the model, using the Kullback-Liebler divergence (Kullback-Liebler divergence, KLD) to achieve. KLD is a standard method for measuring the difference between two distributions, so it can be used to measure the change of the sparse penalty factor:

j = 1 s 2 K L ( ρ | | ρ ^ j ) = j = 1 s 2 ρ log ρ ρ ^ j + ( 1 ρ ) log 1 ρ 1 ρ ^ j

Among them, ρ is sparse parameter, which indicates the average activity of the preset neuron, which is generally set as 0.05. ρ ^ j means the average activation degree of neuron j on the training set. The expression for ρ ^ j is as follows:

ρ ^ j = 1 m i = 1 m [ a j ( x ( i ) ) ]

Among them, a j represents the activation of neuronal j, and a j ( x ) represents the overall activation of neurons on the training set X.

Thus, the overall cost function of a sparse encoder can be represented as:

J sparse ( W , b ) = 1 2 x x ^ 2 + λ j = 1 s 2 K L ( ρ | | ρ ^ j )

2.3. Denoising Auto-Encoder

The denoising auto-encoder is able to train more robust encoders by regularization the auto-encoder The central idea: in the input layer of the original data to add a certain proportion with the statistical properties of the noise, using the self characteristic of encoder to extract useful information of signal extraction, noise removal effective information data in the encoding stage, the realization of original information reconstruction without any noise in the decoding stage, forcing more robust expression of automatic learning signals from the encoder, such structure is more generalization than other models. Its denoising coding process is shown in Figure 2.

Among them, X is the original signal, and x _ is the noisy data added to noise. The added noise in raw data is masking noise, Gauss noise, and salt and pepper noise. The masking noise is generally zero in the input data; the Gauss noise is added to the original data to obey the normal distribution of noise; the salt and pepper noise is the input data values randomly set to 0 or 1.

3. Fault Detection Model

In the cloud computing failure, the log data collected by the system is easy, and the amount of data is very large, but the fault data is often very small, so you can use a lot of log data, with unsupervised algorithm features auto-encoder automatic Learning to extract the inherent characteristics of the data. In this paper, we use the auto-encoder model and the sparse denoising method to form the sparse denoising auto-encoder, and then use the deep learning idea to construct the deep auto-encoder network with sparse denoising to extract the feature data, and finally output classification predictions and realize the detection of cloud computing faults.

Figure 2. Denoising coding process.

The constructed auto-encoder network fault model consists of three parts: adding noise to the input layer, the depth auto-encoder network in the hidden layer and the classification output layer. The deep auto-encoder network uses the idea of multiple filters in the convolution neural network, the same raw data, extracts a variety of different data features, and uses multiple sparse auto-encoder parallel structures. The fault detection structure is shown in Figure 3.

In the deep auto-encoder network, the input layer of each sparse auto-encoder adopts the output of the previous layer as input, and the output layer is composed of self-built neurons with the same number of neurons. Figure 4 shows.

Figure 3. Fault detection structure.

Figure 4. Self-built sparse auto-encoder structure.

By using the structure of parallel auto-encoder, we can get different fault data features of the same data. The series structure is represented by different fault data features, which is mapped to a higher-level fault feature, and then the data extraction features more abstract and effective.

First, the depth auto-encoder network is initialized. By training, the depth auto-encoder network is initialized to obtain the locally optimized network weight parameter W and offset b.

Then, fine-tune the entire depth of the auto-encoder network. By using the parameters that have been initialized by training, the tag data is used to fine tune the weight parameters of the network. And finally complete the training of fault classification model.

The entire depth of auto-encoder network fault detection training process is divided into two stages: the network initialization and network fine-tuning. The process is as follows:

1) The first step using a large number of performance data { x i } on the depth of auto-encoder network initialization training

a) Preprocessing performance data { x i } by normalization.

b) Set the learning rate α , the sparse factor ρ , the denoising ratio parameter of the auto-encoder network, and randomly initialize the moment parameters W and b.

c) According to the number of training and iteration, the forward algorithm is executed and the average activation ρ j amount of neurons is calculated.

d) Reverse the algorithm, update the network parameters W and b.

2) The second step through the label performance data { x i , y i } , y { 1 , 2 , , k } and fault data on the depth of auto-encoder network fine-tuning training

a) Initialize the network parameters using the updated network parameters W and b in step (1).

b) Normalized tagged data set { x i , y i } , y { 1 , 2 , , k } .

c) to carry forward the algorithm, calculate the cost function of the network.

d) to reverse the algorithm, iterative update network parameters W and b, the weight of the fine-tuning.

At the beginning of the initialization of the depth of the network, when the output classification layer does not have the conditions to build sparse auto-encoder, the final output layer does not need to initialize, directly use the BP algorithm to fine-tune to the optimal. Finally use the test set to test the entire network.

4. Test Results and Analysis

In order to verify the detection of the failure of the model test results, set up by the three host Hadoop virtual platform for experiments. Host configuration for the CPU single i3, memory 2 GB, hard disk 200 GB, operating system Ubuntu 12.04. Sysstat collects statistics on various components of the system, including CPU usage, memory and swap space usage, process creation, paging, network usage, I/O, and data exchange, through third-party testing tools Sysstat. The Hadoop platform uses the built-in tersort test program for sorting testing. In order to verify, through the manual injection of the failure of the way, including the normal state, including the collection of four states to experiment, the status samples are shown in Table 1.

In the experiment randomly selected 3/4 as a training sample, 1/4 as the number of test samples. In the experiment, the network adopts the untagged data preprocessing to initialize the deep auto-encoder network part, using the label data instead. At the correct rate, true positive rate (TPP) and subsequence false positive rate (SFPR) are used:

TPR = Thenumberofabnormalsamplesdetected Abnormalsamplesize

SFPR = Thenumberofsamplesisnormallydetectedincorrectly Abnormalsamplesize

In this fault model, because of the idea of adding sparse denoising, it will certainly affect the performance of the whole network. Therefore, in comparison, we add auto-encoder network, sparse auto-encoder network, and sparse denoising auto-encoder network. The last layer is the fault output classification layer, and the proportion of noise added is set to 1% according to the overall performance considerations. Therefore, the final experimental results in the experiment are shown in Table 2.

It can be seen from Table 2 that adding sparse auto-encoder has better accuracy than auto-encoder, indicating that sparsely auto-encoder have the ability to better extract intrinsic features of data, which in turn increases the ability to classify faults; The results show that the accuracy of the detection accuracy is not decreased when the denoising is applied, and there is a certain anti-jamming capability of noise data.

And then through the traditional algorithm such as BP algorithm, SVM algorithm and stack-type structure of the depth of auto-encoder network. The sparse de-noising auto-encoder network adopts 10-layer structure. The BP algorithm adopts the 5-layer structure of the same number of hidden layer neurons in the auto-encoder network. The experimental results are shown in Table 3.

As can be seen from Table 3.

Table 1. Status samples.

Table 2. Test results table.

Table 3. Test results table.

Since the series structure depth encoding network compared to the BP algorithm and the SVM algorithm has better accuracy, but compared with parallel structure since the depth encoding network, accuracy slightly worse, indicates that in the parallel structure of the depth of auto-encoder network for the series data extraction feature is superior to simple, accurate . So the parallel structure of the depth of auto-encoder network fault detection capability is more accurate.

Finally, according to the experimental result, the proposed depth auto-encoder network fault detection method in dealing with cloud fault feature, has obvious advantages, detection method has a certain degree of accuracy, and can be applied to cloud computing system security and reliability assurance system.

5. Conclusion

In order to ensure the stability and reliability of cloud computing system, a deep auto-encoder network fault detection method is proposed. The method firstly extracts the feature data from the depth auto-encoder network with sparse denoising idea, and then uses the neural network classification output, fault detection. Experimental results show that the deep auto-encoder network with sparse denoising idea is more accurate for cloud fault detection. Compared with single support vector machines and BP networks, it has more effective fault detection capability.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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