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Towards Certifiable Adaptive Reservations for Hypervisor-based Virtualization
Ref: CISTER-TR-140304       Publication Date: 15, Apr, 2014

Towards Certifiable Adaptive Reservations for Hypervisor-based Virtualization

Ref: CISTER-TR-140304       Publication Date: 15, Apr, 2014

Abstract:
Hypervisor-based virtualization provides a natural way to integrate formerly distinct systems into a single mixedcriticality multicore system by consolidating in separated virtual machines. We propose an adaptive computation bandwidth management for such architectures, which is compatible with a potential certification based on the guarantee of specified bandwidth minimums and the isolation of overruns of virtual machines. This management uses periodic servers and an elastic task model to combine analyzability at design time with adaptability at runtime. Mode changes or early termination of VMs trigger a resource redistribution that reassigns spare capacity. In this paper we focus on the integration of an adaptive reservation policy into a virtualization software stack and the co-design of hypervisor and paravirtualized guest operating system. In a concrete implementation on a PowerPC 405, the bandwidth distribution policy incurred in a memory footprint below 2.7KB and a worst-case execution time for the redistribution function below 4 microseconds for realistic low numbers of VMs. Simulations over synthetically generated sets of VMs with random mode changes showed a gain of 13% of computation bandwidth when compared to an approach with fixed partitions and provided a relative error of allocated bandwidth to desired bandwidth 4 times lower.

Authors:
Stefan Groesbrink
,
Luis Almeida
,
Mario de Sousa
,
Stefan M. Petters


20th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2014), IEEE.
Berlin, Germany.



Record Date: 10, Mar, 2014