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...

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...

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...
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First VMmark 3.1 Publications, Featuring New Cascade Lake Processors

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VMmark is a free tool used by hardware vendors and others to measure the performance, scalability, and power consumption of virtualization platforms.  If you’re unfamiliar with VMmark 3.x, each tile is a grouping of 19 virtual machines (VMs) simultaneously running diverse workloads commonly found in today’s data centers, including a scalable Web simulation, an E-commerce Read more...