Load Balancing Performance of DRS in vSphere 7.0 – A White Paper

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VMware vCenter Server 7.0 brings significant improvements over previous vCenter server versions with respect to vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). DRS has been upgraded to adapt to a workload-centric resource management model. This is to make VMware’s compute control plane robust and better handle both traditional and modern application needs. The main goal of the new Read more...
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Bitfusion Performance Best Practices

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A guide about VMware vSphere Bitfusion performance best practices has been published. Bitfusion provides a way to share GPUs among multiple VMs—a GPU card installed in one ESXi host becomes available to all VMs in a cluster (even those on separate hosts) that have the Bitfusion client installed. In addition, Bitfusion dynamically allocates a partial Read more...
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VDI Capacity Planning with View Planner

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By Mohit Mangal, Atul Pandey, and Alok Sen Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments are on the rise due to employees working from home all over the world. VDI users can work remotely from anywhere and on any device—like tablets, thin clients, and laptops—while accessing remote desktops hosted on private data centers and in the cloud. Read more...

New White Paper: Optimize Virtualized Deep Learning Performance with New Intel Architectures

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By Dave Jaffe, VMware Performance Engineering and Padma Apparao, Intel – VMware Center of Excellence A new white paper is available showing the advantages of running deep learning image classification on the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor compared to previous Intel processors, and to show the performance benefits of running on the VMware vSphere Read more...

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...

Writing Performant Tagging Code: Tips and Tricks for PowerCLI

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vSphere 5.1 introduced an inventory tagging feature that has been available in all later versions of vSphere, including vSphere 6.7. Tags let datacenter administrators organize different vSphere objects like datastores, virtual machines, hosts, and so on. This makes it easier to sort and search for objects that share a tag, among other things. For example, 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...