USENIX Annual Technical Conference (NO 98), 1998
The Eclipse Operating Systerm: Providing Quality of Service via Reservation Domains
John Bruno, Eran Gabber, Banu Özden, and Abraham Silberschatz
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
In this paper, we introduce a new operating system abstraction
called reservation domains,
and describe its implementation in Eclipse,
an experimental operating system that
provides a testbed for Quality of Service (QoS) support for
Reservation domains enable explicit control over the
provisioning of system resources among applications in order to achieve
desired levels of predictable performance.
In general, each reservation domain is assigned a certain fraction of
each resource (e.g., 25% CPU, 50% disk I/O, etc.).
Eclipse implements reservation-domain scheduling of multiple
It currently supports CPU and disk and physical memory (working
set size) scheduling.
Eclipse implements a new
Move-to-Rear List Scheduling (MTR-LS),
that provides a cumulative service guarantee,
in addition to fairness and delay bounds.
Cumulative service guarantee is necessary for
ensuring predictable aggregate throughput
for applications that require
Preliminary experiments indicate that MTR-LS provides good QoS in
In particular, MTR-LS favors less-greedy processes.
The Eclipse operating system is based the Plan9 from Bell Labs,
and can run any Plan9 application without modification.
Eclipse emphasizes the use of
per-process name space, and it can schedule any I/O device or user
level file system without any change to device driver or file system
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