Betriebssysteme · Institut für Systemarchitektur · Fakultät Informatik · TU Dresden

20. 09. 2013


Nicholas McGuire

20. 09. 2013

Live Migration of Virtual Machines between Heterogeneous Host Systems

Jacek Galowicz

RWTH Aachen

The NOVA microhypervisor and its companion user-level virtual-machine monitor facilitate the construction of systems with minimal application-specific trusted computing bases. On NOVA, virtual machines provide a way for reusing existing legacy software and for decoupling guest operating systems from the underlying platform hardware. Live migration is a technique to transfer a virtual machine from one host system to another with minimal disruption to the execution of the VM. The goal of this thesis is to explore how the existing live migration feature of the VMM can be extended, such that virtual machines can be moved between heterogeneous host systems with different CPU capabilities and different host devices.
Using network devices as an example, a mechanism is designed to migrate virtual machines equipped with fast pass-through network interfaces, utilizing native ACPI hot plugging mechanisms. To preserve standing guest TCP connections over migrations, the network interface model is extended to make the host propagate the physical movement of the guest within the network to other network participants. Guest system source code is left untouched. It is shown how to configure guest systems to enable them for dealing with disappearing/reappearing network interfaces while servicing network requests during the migration of themselves. The presented solution is device type agnostic and can also deal with devices which differ from host to host. The prototype implementation is evaluated, future possibilities are outlined and possible performance optimizations are described.
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