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Anatomy of Linux Kernel Shared Memory

Apr 14, 2010, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Tim Jones)

"Software engineering tends to be an evolutionary process. Problems are addressed with solutions that can create new problems and subsequently new solutions. Ideally, the new problems that are created justify the original solution. The technology discussed here is one of the secondary solutions to a problem created by server virtualization. Before delving into KSM, however, let's take a quick look at the original solution and how KSM is applied here and elsewhere.

"Server virtualization

"Virtualization as a technology has been around since the 1960s, popularized by the IBM® System/360® mainframe. Five decades later, virtualization has exploded, making it possible to share a single server with multiple operating systems and applications. This particular use, called server virtualization, is transforming data centers, as a single physical machine can be used to host typically 10 or more virtual machines (VMs), as shown in Figure 1. This virtualization enables the infrastructure to be much more dynamic, power efficient, and (therefore) cost-efficient. See Resources for more information on server virtualization and its benefits."

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