Benchmarks: Xen 3.2.0 on AMD Quad-Core Opteron with RVI

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Tuesday, July 15th, 2008   |  

The first mention of Nested Page Tables (NPT) can be tracked back to the end of 2006, when both Intel and AMD disclosed their plans to introduce the technology in future versions of their CPUs.

Processors makers and virtualization vendors promised a remarkable performance boost thanks to this technology, at the point that VMware even stated that the virtualization overhead could be completely eliminated by 2010.
Until few months ago there was no chance to verify the claims.

The first CPU to offer a NPT implementation was AMD in September 2007 with its new Quad-Core Opteron (formerly Barcellona) and the Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI) extension.
Intel will not follow until Q3 2009, with its upcoming codename Nehalem CPU and the Extended Page Tables (EPT) technology.

The hypervisors that support AMD RVI at the moment are VMware ESX 3.5, any commercial product based on Xen 3.2.0, and KVM.

AnandTech just published a short but very interesting preview of their analysis, showing the performance improvements obtained by Novell SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 (which implements Xen 3.2.0) running on a 2-way system with AMD Quad-Core Opteron CPUs at 2.3 GHz.

They configured 4 virtual machines with 2 vCPUs and 4GB RAM each to run Windows Server 2003 R2 and the following workloads: 2 IIS web servers serving PHP, 1 Oracle OLTP and 1 MySQL databases.

The benchmark highlighted a performance boost going from 7% (Oracle) to 31% (IIS with PHP).



blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Release: Red Hat CloudForms 3.2

May 20th, 2015

Red Hat yesterday announced the release of version 3.2. of its cloud management software, CloudForms. CloudForms allows the management of hypervisors from Red Hat, VMware and Microsoft as well as…

Gartner predicts that Worldwide Cloud IaaS spending will grow around 33 percent is 2015

May 20th, 2015

Besides releasing their annual Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, research and consulting firm Gartner also made some predicitons about the growth of Cloud Infrastructure as a Service…

Gartner releases its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for 2015

May 20th, 2015

Gartner this week updated its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for the year 2015. The Magic Qudrant for 2014 was released in May last year (covered…

Red Hat announces the Cloud Suite for Applications

May 19th, 2015

Red Hat yesterday announced a new Suite which bundles its cloud portfolio to manage both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) workloads. The suite, which…

VMware announces new SaaS offering for building, delivering and managing desktops and applications

May 18th, 2015

A day before the start of Citrix annual Synergy conference, rival VMware announced project Enzo. Project Enzo is the name of a new Software as a Service offering from VMware…

Announcements from Citrix annual Synergy Conference

May 18th, 2015

Last week, Citrix held its annual Synergy conference in Orlando. During the conference Citrix made several announcements which will be summarized in this blogpost.
Citrix Workspace Cloud, which is a…

Is Cisco planning to acquire Nutanix? – UPDATED

May 18th, 2015

Last Friday, Storage Newsletter published an article written by Jared Rinderer a senior research analyst at the Equity Capital Research Group stating that Cisco is planning to acquire Nutanix. While…

Release: Citrix XenServer 6.5 Service Pack 1

May 18th, 2015

During its annual Synergy conference last week, Citrix announced the availability of Service Pack 1 for version 6.5 of its virtualization platform XenServer. Version 6.5 of XenServer was released in…

Infographic: OpenStack adoption in Italy

May 11th, 2015

The IT roadmap throughout the digital transformation process is a journey, long and complex, and must not be underestimated. Like any other journey it starts with a first step which…

.infonews welcomes Alessandro Fontana as a team member

May 11th, 2015

12 years ago, in 2003, virtualization.info started to track virtualization market and, in 2010, cloudcomputing.info was launched as a sister publication with a focus on the cloud computing market.
In…

Microsoft announcements from its annual Ignite conference

May 10th, 2015

Last week, Microsoft held its annual Ignite conference in Chicago, Illinois. Ignite is the new name for a series of technical conferences targeted to IT Professionals, which replaces the…

Release: Update Rollup 6 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack – UPDATED

April 30th, 2015

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 6 for the following products within the System Center 2012 R2 suite: Service Manager (SCSM), Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Service…

Citrix announces Q1 2015 results

April 28th, 2015

Citrix announced its financial results for first quarter 2015.
The revenues for the first quarter were $761 million for an increase of 1% compared to Q1 2014.
Net income was $29…

VMware results for Q1 2015

April 28th, 2015

VMware released the results about its growth for Q1 2015.
VMware, announced a total  revenue growth of $1.51 billion, for an increase of 11 percent compared to Q1 2014. License revenues were…

 
Monthly Archive