A Method for Taking Snapshots of Host Environment Using Containerization Technology

Takayoshi Miyake, Yoshinari Nomura

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Abstract

Sometimes we want to perform temporary work without changing the computer environment. To accomplish that, we could take a backup of the file system, and roll it back after completion of the work. Another option is virtualization. We can use a disposable virtual machine for this purpose. However, these methods are high-cost solutions because they require a lot of storage and latency time. Thus, we propose a method for taking snapshots of the host environments using containerization technology. This method uses OverlayFS, a copy-on-write file system, for preserving the host’s file system and Linux namespace, a function of Linux kernel, for preserving computer resources. This is expected to start up faster and use lower resources than backup and virtualization. We also implement the proposed method in our container management tool and show actual command-line operations used to meet the requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Network-Based Information Systems - The 25th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBiS-2022
EditorsLeonard Barolli, Hiroyoshi Miwa, Tomoya Enokido
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages319-327
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783031143137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event25th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBiS 2022 - Sanda-Shi, Japan
Duration: Sep 7 2022Sep 9 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume526 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBiS 2022
Country/TerritoryJapan
CitySanda-Shi
Period9/7/229/9/22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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