Energy-efficient memory management in virtual machine environments

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Main memory is one of the primary shared resources in a virtualized environment. Current trends in supporting a large number of virtual machines increase the demand for physical memory, making energy efficient memory management more significant. Several optimizations for memory energy consumption have been recently proposed for standalone operating system environments. However, these approaches cannot be directly used in a virtual machine environment because a layer of virtualization separates hardware from the operating system and the applications executing inside a virtual machine. We first adapt existing mechanisms to run at the VMM layer, offering transparent energy optimizations to the operating systems running inside the virtual machines. Static approaches have several weaknesses and we propose a dynamic approach that is able to optimize energy consumption for currently executing virtual machines and adapt to changing virtual machine behaviors. Through detailed trace driven simulation, we show that proposed dynamic mechanisms can reduce memory energy consumption by 63.4% with only 0.6% increase in execution time as compared to a standard virtual machine environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 International Green Computing Conference and Workshops, IGCC 2011
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 International Green Computing Conference, IGCC 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 25 2011Jul 28 2011

Publication series

Name2011 International Green Computing Conference and Workshops, IGCC 2011


Other2011 International Green Computing Conference, IGCC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Energy Management
  • Memory
  • Virtual Machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Environmental Engineering


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