Check out the new USENIX Web site.

USENIX Home . About USENIX . Events . membership . Publications . Students
USENIX 2005 Annual Technical Conference, General Track — Abstract

Pp. 383–386 of the Proceedings

Implementing Transparent Shared Memory on Clusters Using Virtual Machines

Matthew Chapman and Gernot Heiser, University of New South Wales and National ICT Australia


Shared memory systems, such as SMP and ccNUMA topologies, simplify programming and administration. On the other hand, clusters of individual workstations are commonly used due to cost and scalability considerations.

We have developed a virtual-machine-based solution, dubbed vNUMA, that seeks to provide a NUMA-like environment on a commodity cluster, with a single operating system instance and transparent shared memory. In this paper we present the design of vNUMA and some preliminary evaluation.

  • View the full text of this paper in HTML and PDF.
    Click here if you have forgotten your password Until April 2006, you will need your USENIX membership identification in order to access the full papers. The Proceedings are published as a collective work, © 2005 by the USENIX Association. All Rights Reserved. Rights to individual papers remain with the author or the author's employer. Permission is granted for the noncommercial reproduction of the complete work for educational or research purposes. USENIX acknowledges all trademarks within this paper.

  • If you need the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it from Adobe's site.
To become a USENIX Member, please see our Membership Information.

?Need help? Use our Contacts page.

Last changed: 2 Mar. 2005 aw
Technical Program
USENIX '05 Home