Virtualization

Optimizing VM Checkpointing for Restore Performance in VMware ESXi

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Executive Summary

Cloud providers are increasingly looking to use virtual machine checkpointing for new applications beyond fault tolerance. Existing checkpointing systems designed for fault tolerance only optimize for saving checkpointed state, so they cannot support these new applications, which require better restore performance. Improving restore performance requires a predictive technique to reduce the number of disk accesses to bring in the VM's memory on restore. However, complex VM workloads can diverge at any time due to external inputs, background processes, and timing variation, so predicting which pages the VM will access on restore to reduce faults to disk is impossible.

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