A New Global Consistent Checkpoint Based on OS Virtualization

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Provided by: Science & Engineering Research Support soCiety (SERSC)
Topic: Data Centers
Format: PDF
Checkpoint can store and recovery applications when faults happen and is becoming critical to large information systems. Unfortunately, existing checkpoint tools have some limitations such as: not transparent to applications, ignoring file system states, cluster checkpoint is not well supported, and so on. The authors present a light weight OS virtualization based cluster checkpoint. Firstly, a virtual container, IPG (Isolated Process Group), is designed to wrap all target applications together and produce checkpoint transparently and completely. Secondly, each IPG has its independent namespace built on an exclusively owned LV (Logical Volume), which can be check-pointed synchronously with the IPG's memory to guarantee the consistency.
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