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Jiang, Zhe ; Audsley, Neil

VCDC: The Virtualized Complicated Device Controller

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I/O virtualization enables time and space multiplexing of I/O devices, by mapping multiple logical I/O devices upon a smaller number of physical devices. However, due to the existence of additional virtualization layers, requesting an I/O from a guest virtual machine requires complicated sequences of operations. This leads to I/O performance losses, and makes precise timing of I/O operations unpredictable.

This paper proposes a hardware I/O virtualization system, termed the Virtualized Complicated Device Controller (VCDC). This I/O system allows user applications to access and operate I/O devices directly from guest VMs, and bypasses the guest OS, the Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) and low layer I/O drivers. We show that the VCDC efficiently reduces the software overhead and enhances the I/O performance and timing predictability. Furthermore, VCDC also exhibits good scalability that can handle I/O requests from variable number of CPUs in a system.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Zhe Jiang and Neil Audsley},
  title =	{{VCDC: The Virtualized Complicated Device Controller}},
  booktitle =	{29th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2017)},
  pages =	{5:1--5:21},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-037-8},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2017},
  volume =	{76},
  editor =	{Marko Bertogna},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-71501},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ECRTS.2017.5},
  annote =	{Keywords: Many-core System, I/O Virtualization, Real-time I/O, Hardware Manager}

Keywords: Many-core System, I/O Virtualization, Real-time I/O, Hardware Manager
Collection: 29th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2017)
Issue Date: 2017
Date of publication: 23.06.2017

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