PPoPP 2019
Sat 16 - Wed 20 February 2019 Washington, DC, United States

Scale-out has become the standard answer to data analysis, machine learning and many other fields. Contrary to common belief, scale-up machines can outperform scale-out clusters for a considerable portion of tasks. However, those scale-up machines are not economical and may not be affordable for small businesses. This paper presents GiantVM, a distributed hypervisor that aggregates resources from multiple physical machines, providing the guest OS with a uniform hardware abstraction. We propose techniques to deal with the challenges of CPU, Memory, and I/O virtualization in distributed environments.