VMware vSGA for Content-Rich VDI

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We look at the performance of NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology vs. VMware vSGA stack in vSphere 6.7 U3. We show how vSGA offers similar performance as GRID vGPU when running some common software applications on VMware Horizon 7 VDI desktops. Read more...
When CPU Hot Add is disabled, performance increases 2 to 8 percent.

CPU Hot Add Performance in vSphere 6.7

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Leaving CPU Hot Add at its default setting of disabled is one of the performance best practices that we have for large VMs. From the Performance Best Practices Guide for vSphere 6.7 U2: CPU Hot Add is a feature that allows the addition of vCPUs to a running virtual machine. Enabling this feature, however, disables Read more...

New White Paper: High-Performance Virtualized Spark Clusters on Kubernetes for Deep Learning

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By Dave Jaffe, VMware Performance Engineering A new white paper is available showing the advantages of running virtualized Spark Deep Learning workloads on Kubernetes. Recent versions of Spark include support for Kubernetes. For Spark on Kubernetes, the Kubernetes scheduler provides the cluster manager capability provided by Yet Another Resource Negotiator (YARN) in typical Spark on Read more...

How Does vSphere 7 with Kubernetes Deliver 8% Better Performance Than Bare Metal?

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By Karthik Ganesan and Jared Rosoff  At VMworld US 2019, VMware announced vSphere 7 with Kubernetes (Project Pacific), an evolution of vSphere into a Kubernetes-native platform. vSphere 7 with Kubernetes (among other things) introduces a vSphere Supervisor Cluster, which enables you to run Kubernetes pods natively on ESXi (called vSphere Native Pods) with the same level of Read more...

Using VMmark 3 as a Performance Analysis Tool

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VMmark was originally developed to fill the need for a server consolidation benchmark for a rapidly changing datacenter that was becoming increasingly dominated by virtualization.  The design of VMmark, which is a collection of workloads, gives us the ability to quickly change workload parameters to modify the behavior of the entire benchmark. This allows us Read more...

vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Supports AMD EPYC™ Generation 2 Processors, VMmark Showcases Its Leadership Performance

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Two leadership VMmark benchmark results have been published with AMD EPYC™ Generation 2 processors running VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 on a two-node two-socket cluster and a four-node cluster. VMware worked closely with AMD to enable support for AMD EPYC™ Generation 2 in the VMware vSphere 6.7 U3 release. The VMmark benchmark is a free tool used by hardware vendors and others to measure Read more...

Introducing VMmark ML

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VMmark has been the go-to virtualization benchmark for over 12 years. It’s been used by partners, customers, and internally in a wide variety of technical applications. VMmark1, released in 2007, was the de-facto virtualization consolidation benchmark in a time when the overhead and feasibility of virtualization was still largely in question. In 2010, as server Read more...

Extreme Performance Series at VMworld 2019

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  I’m excited to announce that the “Extreme Performance Series” is back for its 7th year with 14 sessions created and being presented by VMware’s best and most distinguished performance engineers, principals, architects, and gurus. You do not want to miss this years program as it’s chock full of advanced content, practical advice, and exciting Read more...

New Scheduler Option for vSphere 6.7 U2

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Along with the recent release of VMware vSphere 6.7 U2, we published a new whitepaper that shows the performance of a new scheduler option that was included in the 6.7 U2 update.  We referred to this new scheduler option internally as the “sibling” scheduler, but the official name is the side-channel aware scheduler version 2, Read more...