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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 297127, 7 pages
Research Article

TSMC: A Novel Approach for Live Virtual Machine Migration

Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

Received 23 January 2014; Accepted 6 May 2014; Published 20 May 2014

Academic Editor: Young-Sik Jeong

Copyright © 2014 Jiaxing Song et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cloud computing attracted more and more attention in recent years, and virtualization technology is the key point for deploying infrastructure services in cloud environment. It allows application isolation and facilitates server consolidation, load balancing, fault management, and power saving. Live virtual machine migration can effectively relocate virtual resources and it has become an important management method in clusters and data centers. Existing precopy live migration approach has to iteratively copy redundant memory pages; another postcopy live migration approach would lead to a lot of page faults and application degradation. In this paper, we present a novel approach called TSMC (three-stage memory copy) for live virtual machine migration. In TSMC, memory pages only need to be transmitted twice at most and page fault just occurred in small part of dirty pages. We implement it in Xen and compare it with Xen’s original precopy approach. The experimental results under various memory workloads show that TSMC approach can significantly reduce the cumulative migration time and total pages transferred and achieve better network IO performance in the same time.