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Fast memory state synchronization for virtualization-based fault tolerance

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2 Author(s)
Maohua Lu ; Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY, USA ; Tzi-cker Chiueh

Virtualization provides the possibility of whole machine migration and thus enables a new form of fault tolerance that is completely transparent to applications and operating systems. While initial prototypes show promise, virtualization-based fault-tolerant architecture still experiences substantial performance overhead especially for data-intensive workloads. The main performance challenge of virtualization-based fault tolerance is how to synchronize the memory states of the Master and Slave in a way that minimizes the end-to-end impact on the application performance. This paper describes three optimization techniques for memory state synchronization: fine-grained dirty region identification, speculative state transfer, and synchronization traffic reduction using active slave, and presents a comprehensive performance study of these techniques under three realistic workloads, the TPC-E benchmark, the SPECsfs 2008 CIFS benchmark, and a Microsoft Exchange workload. We show that these three techniques can each reduce the amount of end-of-epoch synchronization traffic by a factor of up to 7, 15 and 5, respectively.

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Dependable Systems & Networks, 2009. DSN '09. IEEE/IFIP International Conference on

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June 29 2009-July 2 2009