Omni-Kernel: An Operating System Architecture for Pervasive Monitoring and Scheduling
Clouds commonly employ virtual machine technology to leverage and efficiently utilize computational resources in data centers. The workloads encapsulated by virtual machines contend for the resources of their hosting machines, and interference from resource sharing can cause unpredictable performance. Despite the use of virtual machine technology, the role of the operating system as an arbiter of resource allocation persists—virtual machine monitor functionality is implemented as an extension to an operating system and the resources provided to a virtual machine are managed by an operating system. Visibility and opportunity for control over resource allocation is needed to prevent execution by one workload from usurping resources that are intended for another. If control is incomplete, no amount of overprovisioning can compensate for it and there will inevitably be ways to circumvent policy enforcement. The accurate and high fidelity control over resource allocation that is required in a virtualized environment is a new challenge for operating systems. This paper presents the omni-kernel architecture, a novel operating system architecture designed around the basic premise of pervasive monitoring and scheduling. The architecture ensures that all resource consumption is measured, that the resource consumption resulting from a scheduling decision is attributable to an activity, and that scheduling decisions are fine-grained. The viability of the omni-kernel architecture is substantiated through an implementation, Vortex, for multi-core x86-64 platforms. Vortex instantiates all architectural elements of the omni-kernel and provides a wide range of commodity operating system functionality and abstractions. Using Vortex, we experimentally corroborate the efficacy of the omni-kernel architecture by showing accurate scheduler control over resource allocation in scenarios with competing workloads. Experiments involving Apache, MySQL, and Hadoop quantify the cost of the omni-kernel’s pervasive monitoring and scheduling to be around 5% of CPU consumption or substantially less.
PublisherUiT Norges arktiske universitet
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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