Application-assisted live migration of virtual machines with Java applications


Live migration of virtual machines (VMs) can consume excessive time and resources, and may affect application performance significantly if VM memory pages get dirtied faster than their content can be transferred to the destination. Existing approaches to this problem transfer memory content faster with high-speed networks, slow down the dirtying of memory pages by throttling the execution of applications, or reduce the amount of memory content to be transferred, for example, using compression. However, these approaches incur high resource costs or application performance penalties. In this paper, we propose to skip the transfer of VM memory pages that need not be migrated for the execution of running applications at the destination, by exploiting applications' assistance. We have designed a generic framework for application-assisted live migration and then used it to build and evaluate <i>JAVMM</i>, which migrates VMs running various types of Java applications skipping the transfer of garbage in Java memory. Our experimental results show that JAVMM can reduce the completion time, the network traffic of transferring memory pages, and the application downtime of Java VM migration, all by up to over 90%, compared to the vanilla Xen VM migration, without incurring noticeable performance penalty to applications.

DOI: 10.1145/2741948.2741950

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@inproceedings{Hou2015ApplicationassistedLM, title={Application-assisted live migration of virtual machines with Java applications}, author={Kai-Yuan Hou and Kang G. Shin and Jan-Lung Sung}, booktitle={EuroSys}, year={2015} }