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VM Live Migration Speedup in Xen

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VM live migration from one physical server to another is a key advantage of virtualization. It's used widely in the scenarios such as load balance / power consumption optimization inside the cluster ...

VM live migration from one physical server to another is a key advantage of virtualization. It's used widely in the scenarios such as load balance / power consumption optimization inside the cluster and host maintenance, etc. Being able to do VM live migration as quickly as possible with no service interruption is regarded as a key competitiveness of the virtualization platform.

Xen has supported live migration for many years. However our recent study shows that Xen still has lots of room to improve, in the aspects of live migration elapsed time, service downtime and concurrency instance number. Several experimental enhancements have been added and the initial result looks pretty good. For instance, merely using memory comparison before migration can speed up the elapsed time by >2X in some cases per our evaluation. The policy to balance the CPU utilization and the compression ratio is also considered.

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