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How fast is Xen on ARM?

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This is a repost of Stefano Stabellini's blog post on blog.xenproject.org

With Xen on ARM getting out of the early preview phase and becoming more mature, it is time to run a few benchmarks to check that the design choices paid out, the architecture is sound and the code base is solid. It is time to find out how much is the overhead introduced by Xen on ARM and how it compares with Xen and other hypervisors on x86.

I measured the overhead by running the same benchmark on a virtual machine on Xen on ARM and on native Linux on the same hardware. It takes a bit longer to complete the benchmark inside a VM, but how much longer? The answer to this question is the virtualization overhead.

Setup

I chose AppliedMicro X-Gene as the ARM platform to run the benchmarks on: it is an ARMv8 64-bit SoC with an 8 cores cpu and 16GB of RAM. I had Dom0 running with 8 vcpus and 1GB of RAM, the virtual machine that ran the tests had 2GB of RAM and 8 vcpus. To make sure that the results are comparable I restricted the amount of memory available to the native Linux run, so that Linux had all the 8 physical cores at its disposal but only 2GB of RAM.

For the x86 tests, I used a Dell server with an Intel Xeon x5650, that is a 6 cores HyperThreading cpu. HyperThreading was disabled during the tests for better performances. Similarly to the ARM tests, I had Dom0 running with 6 vcpus and 1GB of RAM and the virtual machine running with 2GB of RAM and 6 vcpus. The native Linux run had 6 physical cores and 2GB of RAM. For the KVM tests I booted the host with 3GB of RAM, then assigned 2GB of RAM to the KVM virtual machine.

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Here are the slides from today's Delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service(Iaas) Open Source Software that will run from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.. EST. 

 

Abstract:

The web was built using open source software like Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python and Perl. Just as with the web, open source is one of the core foundations of cloud computing as early cloud pioneers used the freely available, freely distributable model to power their web-scale deployments and achieving an unprecedented level of scale at a bare-bones cost. However, for businesses today, the attraction of open source is about the ability to develop a more flexible infrastructure and avoid vendor lock-in that often results from proprietary systems. 




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