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Monday, July 8 • 3:15pm - 3:30pm
The True Cost of Containing: A gVisor Case Study

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We analyze many facets of the performance of gVisor, a new security-oriented container engine that integrates with Docker and backs Google’s serverless platform. We explore the effect gVisor’s in-Sentry network stack has on network throughput as well as the overheads of performing all file opens via gVisor’s Gofer service. We further analyze gVisor startup performance, memory efficiency, and system-call overheads. Our findings have implications for the future design of similar hypervisor- based container engines.


Ethan G. Young

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pengfei Zhu

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tyler Caraza-Harter

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Monday July 8, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
HotCloud: Grand Ballroom VII–IX