Studying NUMA with VMmark

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I often collect data from the hardware performance counters when running VMmark. Studying low-level data provides insight into both the physical system and the virtualization layer. (To be honest, the latent academic in me is secretly hoping to make some crucial observation that will change the direction of computer architecture for years to come and Read more...

Dell Uses VMmark to Compare Servers

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One of the many benefits of having a reliable and representative benchmark like VMmark is that it allows vendors to demonstrate and compare their platforms when running virtualized environments. This type of information can help customers evaluate various platforms and choose one that fits their needs. Dell recently published a study titled "Virtualization Performance of Read more...

A Performance Comparison of Hypervisors

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At VMworld last November I had the opportunity to talk to many ESX users and to discover for myself what performance issues were most on their minds. As it turned out, this endeavor was not very successful; everybody was generally happy with ESX performance. On the other hand the performance and best practice talks were Read more...