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Resource usage monitoring for KVM based virtual machines

Anand, Ankit and Dhingra, Mohit and Lakshmi, J and Nandy, SK (2012) Resource usage monitoring for KVM based virtual machines. In: 18th Annual International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communications (ADCOM), DEC 14-16, 2012 , Bangalore, INDIA , pp. 66-70.

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Realization of cloud computing has been possible due to availability of virtualization technologies on commodity platforms. Measuring resource usage on the virtualized servers is difficult because of the fact that the performance counters used for resource accounting are not virtualized. Hence, many of the prevalent virtualization technologies like Xen, VMware, KVM etc., use host specific CPU usage monitoring, which is coarse grained. In this paper, we present a performance monitoring tool for KVM based virtualized machines, which measures the CPU overhead incurred by the hypervisor on behalf of the virtual machine along-with the CPU usage of virtual machine itself. This fine-grained resource usage information, provided by the above tool, can be used for diverse situations like resource provisioning to support performance associated QoS requirements, identification of bottlenecks during VM placements, resource profiling of applications in cloud environments, etc. We demonstrate a use case of this tool by measuring the performance of web-servers hosted on a KVM based virtualized server.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to 18th Annual International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communications (ADCOM), Bangalore, INDIA, DEC 14-16, 2012
Keywords: Monitoring; Performance Analysis; Virtual machine monitors; System performance; Clouds
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Supercomputer Education & Research Centre
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2013 07:10
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 07:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47909

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