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A Hierarchical Memory Service Mechanism in Server Consolidation Environment

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6 Author(s)
Liufeng Wang ; Nat. Key Lab. for Parallel & Distrib. Process., Nat. Univ. of Defense Technol., Changsha, China ; Huaimin Wang ; Lu Cai ; Rui Chu
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Increasing Internet business and computing footprint motivate server consolidation in data centers. Through virtualization technology, server consolidation can reduce physical hosts and provide scalable services. However, the ineffective memory usage among multiple virtual machines (VMs) becomes the bottleneck in server consolidation environment. Because of inaccurate memory usage estimate and the lack of memory resource managements, there is much service performance degradation in data centers, even though they have occupied a large amount of memory. In order to improve this scenario, we first introduce VM's memory division view and VM's free memory division view. Based on them, we propose a hierarchal memory service mechanism. We have designed and implemented the corresponding memory scheduling algorithm to enhance memory efficiency and achieve service level agreement. The benchmark test results show that our implementation can save 30% physical memory with 1% to 5% performance degradation. Based on Xen virtualization platform and balloon driver technology, our works actually bring dramatic benefits to commercial cloud computing center which is providing more than 2,000 VMs' services to cloud computing users.

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Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPADS), 2011 IEEE 17th International Conference on

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7-9 Dec. 2011