Residency aware inter-VM communication in virtualized cloud: Performance measurement and analysis

Qi Zhang, Ling Liu, Yi Ren, Kisung Lee, Yuzhe Tang, Xu Zhao, Yang Zhou

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A known problem for virtualized cloud data centers is the inter-VM communication inefficiency for data transfer between co-resident VMs. Several engineering efforts have been made on building a shared memory based channel between co-resident VMs. The implementations differ in terms of whether user/program transparency, OS kernel transparency or VMM transparency is supported. However, none of existing works has engaged in an in-depth measurement study with quantitative and qualitative analysis on performance improvements as well as tradeoffs introduced by such a residency-aware inter-VM communication mechanism. In this paper we present an extensive experimental study, aiming at addressing a number of fundamental issues and providing deeper insights regarding the design of a shared memory channel for co-resident VMs. Example questions include how much performance gains can a residency-aware shared memory inter-VM communication mechanism provide under different mixtures of local and remote network I/O workloads, what overhead will the residence-awareness detection and communication channel switch introduce over the remote inter-VM communication, what factors may exert significant impact on the throughput and latency performance of such a shared memory channel. We believe that this measurement study not only helps system developers to gain valuable lessons and generate new ideas to further improve the inter-VM communication performance. It also offers new opportunities for cloud service providers to deploy their services more efficiently and for cloud service consumers to improve the performance of their application systems running in the Cloud.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6676696
Pages (from-to)204-211
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2013 - Santa Clara, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2013Jul 2 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems
  • Software


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