Application performance in the QLinux multimedia operating system

V. Sundaram, A. Chandra, P. Goyal, P. Shenoy, J. Sahni, H. Vin

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In this paper, we argue that conventional operating systems need to be enhanced with predictable resource management mechanisms to meet the diverse performance requirements of emerging multimedia and web applications. We present QLinux-a multimedia operating system based on the Linux kernel that meets this requirement. QLinux employs hierarchical schedulers for fair, predictable allocation of processor, disk and network bandwidth, and accounting mechanisms for appropriate charging of resource usage. We experimentally evaluate the efficacy of these mechanisms using bench-marks and real-world applications. Our experimental results show that (i) emerging applications can indeed benefit from predictable allocation of resources, and (ii) the overheads imposed by the resource allocation mechanisms in QLinux are small. For instance, we show that the QLinux CPU scheduler can provide predictable performance guarantees to applications such as web servers and MPEG players, albeit at the expense of increasing the scheduling overhead. We conclude from our experiments that the benefits due to the resource management mechanisms in QLinux outweigh their increased overheads, making them a practical choice for conventional operating systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM International Multimedia Conference and Exhibition
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Event8th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM Multimedia 2000) - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2000Nov 4 2000


Other8th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM Multimedia 2000)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA


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