I/O Device Virtualization in the Multi-Core Era, a QoS Perspective

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Executive Summary

This paper proposes an extension to the I/O device architecture, as recommended in the PCI-SIG IOV specification, for virtualizing network I/O devices. The aim is to enable fine-grained controls to a virtual machine on the I/O path of a shared device. The architecture allows native access of I/O devices to virtual machines and provides device level QoS hooks for controlling VM specific device usage. For evaluating the architecture the paper uses Layered Queuing Network (LQN) models. The paper implements the architecture and evaluates it using simulation techniques, on the LQN model, to demonstrate the benefits. With the architecture, the benefit for network I/O is 60% more than what can be expected on the existing architecture.

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