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ThinkMind // CLOUD COMPUTING 2018, The Ninth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization // View article cloud_computing_2018_6_30_20064


An Architecture Model for a Distributed Virtualization System

Authors:
Pablo Pessolani
Toni Cortes
Fernando G. Tinetti
Silvio Gonnet

Keywords: Virtualization, Virtual Machines, Containers, Distributed Operating Systems

Abstract:
This article presents an architecture model for a Distributed Virtualization System, which could expand a virtual execution environment from a single physical machine to several nodes of a cluster. With current virtualization technologies, computing power and resource usage of Virtual Machines (or Containers) are limited to the physical machine where they run. To deliver high levels of performance and scalability, cloud applications are usually partitioned in several Virtual Machines (or Containers) located on different nodes of a virtualization cluster. Developers often use that processing model because the same instance of the operating system is not available on each node where their components run. The proposed architecture model is suitable for new trends in software development because it is inherently distributed. It combines and integrates Virtualization and Distributed Operating Systems technologies with the benefits of both worlds, providing the same isolated instance of a Virtual Operating System on each cluster node. Although it requires the introduction of changes in existing operating systems, thousands of legacy applications would not require modifications to obtain their benefits. A Distributed Virtualization System is suitable to deliver high-performance cloud services with provider-class features, such as high-availability, replication, migration, and load balancing. Furthermore, it is able to concurrently run several isolated instances of different guest Virtual Operating Systems, allocating a subset of nodes for each instance and sharing nodes between them. Currently, a prototype is running on a cluster of commodity hardware provided with two kinds of Virtual Operating Systems tailored for internet services (web server) as a proof of concept.

Pages: 116 to 126

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2018

Publication date: February 18, 2018

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4294

ISBN: 978-1-61208-607-1

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: from February 18, 2018 to February 22, 2018

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