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Added by Adam Litke over 12 years ago

virtio: Add memory statistics reporting to the balloon driver

When using ballooning to manage overcommitted memory on a host, a system for
guests to communicate their memory usage to the host can provide information
that will minimize the impact of ballooning on the guests. The current method
employs a daemon running in each guest that communicates memory statistics to a
host daemon at a specified time interval. The host daemon aggregates this
information and inflates and/or deflates balloons according to the level of
host memory pressure. This approach is effective but overly complex since a
daemon must be installed inside each guest and coordinated to communicate with
the host. A simpler approach is to collect memory statistics in the virtio
balloon driver and communicate them directly to the hypervisor.

Signed-off-by: Adam Litke <>
Signed-off-by: Anthony Liguori <>


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