containers development plans

Kirill Korotaev dev at
Thu Jul 12 03:32:27 PDT 2007

Paul Menage wrote:
> On 7/2/07, Serge E. Hallyn <serge at> wrote:
>>       4. task containers functionality
> How about if we adopt "process containers" or "task containers" as the
> term for the generic container framework, to distinguish from more
> general user-space containers? In the same way that "task_struct" in
> the kernel is understood to be separate from the concept of a "task"
> in a job scheduling system in userspace.
>>               base features
> Features that I'd like to see in the short and medum term:
> - support for virtualized containerfs mounts, so that virtual servers
> can mount their own containerfs and manage sub-containers
> - automatically prefixing control file names with the subsystem name,
> unless changed or disabled by the user at mount time
> - removing unnecessary locking where possible.
> - simplifying the control file API
> - a userspace RBCE along with simple configuration so that you can
> easily use generic containers to apply subsystem controls on a
> per-user, per-group, per-pgrp, per-executable, etc, basis. (E.g. to
> easily apply CFS to be fair between pgrps rather than fair between
> processes)
>>               specific containers
>>                       poll to see who has plans
> Some possible subsystems that I'm thinking of include:
> - splitting the memory and cpu isolation parts of cpusets into two
> separate subsystems (still backwards-compatible)
> - some kind of network connect/bind/accept controller. Eric came up
> with a nice way of doing this by adding iptables hooks for
> connect/bind/accept, and then adding an iptables match module that
> could match based on container id. This would give us all the
> flexibility of iptables and the existing iptables tools. The drawback
> is that it could be rather tricky to virtualize. A less flexible
> solution that just allowed you to specify permitted
> local-port-range/remote-port-range/remote-netmask tuples would be more
> virtualizable, even if it doesn't make as much reuse of existing
> iptables support.

Not sure why it requires some additional controller, but surely
it is possible to create a match for iptables matching container ID.
Is it what you are thinkinh about or I got something wrong?


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