Features/Checkpoint Restore

From FedoraProject

< Features(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
(User Experience)
(Dependencies)
Line 72: Line 72:
  
 
== Dependencies ==
 
== Dependencies ==
<!-- What other packages (RPMs) depend on this package?  Are there changes outside the developers' control on which completion of this feature depends?  In other words, completion of another feature owned by someone else and might cause you to not be able to finish on time or that you would need to coordinate?  Other upstream projects like the kernel (if this is not a kernel feature)? -->
+
* add the crtools package to Fedora
 +
* activate the three kernel options mentioned above (CONFIG_EXPERT, CONFIG_NAMESPACES, CONFIG_CHECKPOINT_RESTORE)
  
 
== Contingency Plan ==
 
== Contingency Plan ==

Revision as of 08:44, 24 October 2012

= Checkpoint/Restore

Contents

Summary

Add support to checkpoint and restore processes. Checkpointing processes can be used for fault tolerance and/or load balancing.

Checkpointing a process in regular intervals can help to restart a process if it might crash to resume/restart/restore the calculation without too much data lost. Providing this ability transparent at the OS level removes the need to implement this functionality for all processes manually.

Checkpointing and restoring a process to another system can be used to migrate a process, process tree or container to another system to distribute the load during the runtime and also for maintenance without service interruption like it is possible with virtual machines.

Owner

  • Email: <adrian@lisas.de>

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 19
  • Last updated: 2012-10-24
  • Percentage of completion: 0%

Detailed Description

Checkpointing/restore, as mentioned above, can be used for fault tolerance and load distribution.

Fedora can offer checkpoint/restore by using CRIU (Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace). CRIU has been developed with the goal to be accepted by upstream and most patches necessary have already been accepted (as of 2012-10-24) in the kernel. The current release (0.2) of the userspace tools (crtools) offers the ability to checkpoint/restore containers and thus offering the ability to migrate containers.

To offer the checkpoint/restore functionality the package crtools has to be imported into Fedora and following changes are necessary to the kernel RPM:

diff --git a/config-x86_64-generic b/config-x86_64-generic
index 342b862..c5f8cf9 100644
--- a/config-x86_64-generic
+++ b/config-x86_64-generic
@@ -1,5 +1,8 @@
 CONFIG_64BIT=y
 
+CONFIG_EXPERT=y
+CONFIG_CHECKPOINT_RESTORE=y
+CONFIG_NAMESPACES=y
 # CONFIG_X86_X32 is not set
 # CONFIG_MK8 is not set
 # CONFIG_MPSC is not set

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora offers possibility to checkpoint/restore processes.

Scope

  • add the crtools package to Fedora
  • activate the three kernel options mentioned above (CONFIG_EXPERT, CONFIG_NAMESPACES, CONFIG_CHECKPOINT_RESTORE)

How To Test

User Experience

Users can easily checkpoint and restore processes with the crtools package:

crtools dump -D <destination-directory> -t <PID>
crtools restore -D <destination-directory> -t <PID>

Dependencies

  • add the crtools package to Fedora
  • activate the three kernel options mentioned above (CONFIG_EXPERT, CONFIG_NAMESPACES, CONFIG_CHECKPOINT_RESTORE)

Contingency Plan

Documentation

Release Notes

Comments and Discussion