Linux Checkpoint-Restart - v19
orenl at cs.columbia.edu
Mon Feb 22 15:17:00 PST 2010
We've put a stake in the ground for our next set of checkpoint/restart
patches, v19. It has some great new stuff, and we put extra effort to
address your concerns. We would like to have the code included in -mm
for wider feedback and testing.
This one is able to checkpoint/restart screen and vnc sessions, and
live-migrate network servers between hosts. It also adds support for
x86-64 (in addition to x86-32, s390x and powerpc). It is rebased to
Since one of your main concerns was about what is not yet implemented
and how complicated or ugly it will be to support that, we've put up
a wiki page to address that. In it there is a simple table that lists
what is not implemented and the anticipated solution impact, and for
some entries a link to more details.
The page is here: http://ckpt.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Checklist
We want to stress that the patchset is already very useful as-is. We
will keep working to implement more features cleanly. Some features we
are working on include network namespaces and device configurations,
mounts and mounts namespaces, and file locks. Should a complicated
feature prove hard to implement, users have alternatives systems like
kvm, until we manage to come up with a clean solution.
We believe that maintenance is best addressed through testing. We now
have a comprehensive test-suite to automatically find regressions.
In addition, we ran LTP and the results are the same with CHECKPOINT=n
If desired we'll send the whole patchset to lkml, but the git trees
can be seen at:
user tools: http://www.linux-cr.org/git/?p=user-cr.git;a=summary
tests suite: http://www.linux-cr.org/git/?p=tests-cr.git;a=summary
Application checkpoint/restart team
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