Improving Linux resource control using CKRM

One of the next challenges faced in Linux kernel development is providing support for workload management. Workloads with diverse and dynamically changing resource demands are being consolidated on larger symmetric multiprocessors. At the same time, it is desirable to reduce the complexity and manual involvement in workload management. We argue that the goal-oriented workload managers that can satisfy these conflicting objectives require the Linux kernel to provide class-based differentiated service for all the resources that it manages. We discuss an extensible framework for class-based kernel resource management (CKRM) that provides policy-driven classification and differentiated service of CPU, memory, I/O and network bandwidth. The paper describes the design and implementation of the framework in the Linux 2.6 kernel. It shows how CKRM is useful in various scenarios including the desktop. It also presents preliminary performance evaluation results that demonstrate the viability of the approach.

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