Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.3 is out! Some of the key new features include:
- Dynamic Resource Management (DRM): policy-based load-balancing of cpu resources between domains
- With the release of Solaris 10 10/09 (aka update 8), ability to dynamically add & remove crypto devices from domains
- Significant speedup of warm migration (aka domain mobility) operations through HW crypto & compression algorithms
- Faster network failover with link-based IPMP support
- Domain hostid & MAC address properties can now be modified via the ldm set-domain command
DRM is a key new feature for which we've been getting many requests ever since LDoms launched in April 2007. With it, you can specify policies that determine how cpu resources are load-balanced between running logical domains. For each policy, you can specify (among other things) the min & max cpu count desired, the high & low utilization thresholds you'd like to stay within, the speed at which cpus are added or deleted, the time of day during which the policy is active, and a priority. Each specified policy can apply to one or more domains and can be active or inactive. Multiple policies can be active simultaneously, even if they affect the same domain(s). That's where the priority value comes in; lower numbers denote higher priority (valid values are 1-9999).
See complete details on setting up DRM policies in this section of the Logical Domains 1.3 Administration Guide
Further information about LDoms in general, and links to download the LDoms 1.3 components are available (as always) here.