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Ghost Process: a Sound Basis to Implement Process Duplication, Migration and Checkpoint/Restart in Linux Clusters

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5 Author(s)
Vallee, G. ; Div. of Comput. Sci. & Math., Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., TN ; Lottiaux, R. ; Margery, D. ; Morin, C.
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Process management mechanisms (process duplication, migration and checkpoint/restart) are very useful for high performance and high availability in clustering systems. The single system image approach aims at providing a global process management service with mechanisms for process checkpoint, process migration and process duplication. In this context, a common mechanism for process virtualization is highly desirable but traditional operating systems do not provide such a mechanism. This paper presents a kernel service for process virtualization called ghost process, extending the Linux kernel. The ghost process mechanism has been implemented in the Kerrighed single system image based on Linux

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Parallel and Distributed Computing, 2005. ISPDC 2005. The 4th International Symposium on

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4-6 July 2005

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