Energy-efficient storage in virtual machine environments

Lei Ye, Gen Lu, Sushanth Kumar, Chris Gniady, John H. Hartman

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Abstract

Current trends in increasing storage capacity and virtualization of resources combined with the need for energy efficiency put a challenging task in front of system designers. Previous studies have suggested many approaches to reduce hard disk energy dissipation in native OS environments; however, those mechanisms do not perform well in virtual machine environments because a virtual machine (VM) and the virtual machine monitor (VMM) that runs it have different semantic contexts. This paper explores the disk I/O activities between VMM and VMs using trace driven simulation to understand the I/O behavior of the VM system. Subsequently, this paper proposes three mechanisms to address the isolation between VMM and VMs, and increase the burstiness of hard disk accesses to increase energy efficiency of a hard disk. Compared to standard shutdown mechanisms, with eight VMs the proposed mechanisms reduce disk spin-ups, increase the disk sleep time, and reduce energy consumption by 14.8% with only 0.5% increase in execution time. We implemented the proposed mechanisms in Xen and validated our simulation results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVEE 2010 - Proceedings of the 2010 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments
Pages75-84
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments, VEE 2010 - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Mar 17 2010Mar 19 2010

Publication series

NameVEE 2010 - Proceedings of the 2010 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments

Other

Other2010 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments, VEE 2010
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period3/17/103/19/10

Keywords

  • Energy management
  • Storage system
  • Virtual machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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    Ye, L., Lu, G., Kumar, S., Gniady, C., & Hartman, J. H. (2010). Energy-efficient storage in virtual machine environments. In VEE 2010 - Proceedings of the 2010 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments (pp. 75-84). (VEE 2010 - Proceedings of the 2010 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments). https://doi.org/10.1145/1735997.1736009