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XLCMS — a scalable and distributive linux virtual cluster management system

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3 Author(s)
Tseng-Chang Yen ; Dept. of Appl. Math., Nat. Chung-Hsing Univ., Taichung ; Hsu, F. ; Shang-Juh Kao

As the computing environment moves toward integrating a group of computing powers, clusters have been increasing used by network services (for example, SourceForge.net and the UK JANET web caching service). The ample resources of a modern computer make using virtualizations possible at all levels (system, storage, and network). By implementing at the user's level, User-Mode Linux (UML) allows users to run virtual machines as user processes. UML is primarily a commandline oriented virtual machine which provides several key/value pairs as arguments to the kernel to configure a virtual machine. Although useful for software developments, the complicated configuration setup of UML increases the user's work load. Several UML virtualization tools such as Netkit and VNUML have been proposed to simplify practicing UML. However, these tools usually suffer from the flexibility of use. Moreover, up and down of all virtual machines specified in the same configuration file must be booted or halted simultaneously which restricts the capability of separated management. In-depth knowledge of Linux system is actually required to effectively manage a Linux cluster. In this paper, we successfully develop a flexible XLink-based Linux virtual cluster management system (XLCMS). Through the development of the XLCMS equipped with interactive, scalable and distributive management, we also employ XML-related techniques to process XLink configuration procedures for virtual machines. We are able to manage cluster composed of UML virtual machines from anywhere and dynamically execute tasks on individual virtual machines.

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Information Networking, 2009. ICOIN 2009. International Conference on

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21-24 Jan. 2009

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