Google Summer of Code 2019

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This page lists accepted projects that were completed during Google Summer of Code 2019. For the list of ideas go here.

Student final submissions[edit]

Abhishek Dubey - Optimize the pre-dump algorithm[edit]

Final report: https://dubeyabhishek.github.io/GSoC19CRIU/

Summary: Optimize the pre-dump algorithm to avoid pinning to many memory in RAM

Current pre-dump mode is used to write task memory contents into image files w/o stopping the task for too long. It does this by stopping the task, infecting it and draining all the memory into a set of pipes. Then the task is cured, resumed and the pipes' contents is written into images (maybe a page server). Unfortunately, this approach creates a big stress on the memory subsystem, as keeping all memory in pipes creates a lot of unreclaimable memory (pages in pipes are not swappable), as well as the number of pipes themselves can be huge, as one pipe doesn't store more than a fixed amount of data (see pipe(7) man page).

A solution for this problem is to use a sys_read_process_vm() syscall, which will mitigate all of the above. To do this we need to allocate a temporary buffer in criu, then walk the target process vm by copying the memory piece-by-piece into it, then flush the data into image (or page server), and repeat.

Ideally there should be sys_splice_process_vm() syscall in the kernel, that does the same as the read_process_vm does, but vmsplices the data

Links:

Details:

  • Skill level: advanced
  • Language: C
  • Mentor: Pavel Emelianov <xemul@virtuozzo.com>
  • Suggested by: Pavel Emelianov <xemul@virtuozzo.com>