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Friday, June 24 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Instant OS Updates via Userspace Checkpoint-and-Restart

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In recent years, operating systems have become increasingly complex and thus prone to security and performance issues. Accordingly, system updates to address these issues have become more frequently available and increasingly important. To complete such updates, users must reboot their systems, resulting in unavoidable downtime and further loss of the states of running applications.

We present , a practical OS update mechanism that uses a userspace checkpoint-and-restart mechanism, by using an optimized data structure for checkpointing and a memory persistence mechanism across update, combined with a fast in-place kernel switch. This allows for instant kernel updates spanning across major kernel versions without any kernel modifications.

Our evaluation shows that KUP can support any type of real kernel patches (e.g., security, minor or even major releases) with large-scale applications that include memcached, mysql, or in the middle of the Linux kernel compilation, unlike well-known dynamic hot-patching techniques (e.g., ksplice). Not only that, KUP can update a running Linux kernel in 3 seconds (overall downtime).

Friday June 24, 2016 11:00am - 11:25am
Denver Marriott City Center 1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202

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