Patent Number: 7,788,665

Title: Migrating a virtual machine that owns a resource such as a hardware device

Abstract: A computing device has first and second virtual machines (VMs) and a resource assigned to the first VM. Each access request for the resource is forwarded thereto until the first VM is to be saved or migrated. Thereafter, each access request is forwarded to a holding queue. When the resource has acted upon all access requests forwarded thereto, the resource is reassigned to the second VM, and each access request at the holding queue is forwarded to the second VM and then the resource. Thus, all access requests for the resource are acted upon by the resource even after the resource is removed from the first VM and assigned to the second VM, and the save or migrate of the first VM can thereafter be completed.

Inventors: Oshins; Jacob (Seattle, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/46 (20060101); G06F 9/455 (20060101); G06F 3/00 (20060101); G06F 15/173 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018