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Thread: KVM in Linux 2.6.20

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    Default KVM in Linux 2.6.20

    For those living under a rock that haven't heard about the kernel virtual machine in Linux 2.6.20, in early January Phoronix will be offering a first look at KVM in the Linux 2.6.20 release candidate. Some of the possibilities being thrown around at this time include a comparison against Xen and/or a comparison on different Intel and AMD processors with their virtualization technologies.

    Feel free to voice your thoughts on what you would like to see.

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    Default Linux KVM Virtualization Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoronix
    For only being a release candidate the Linux 2.6.20 kernel has already generated quite a bit of attention. On top of adding asynchronous SCSI scanning, multi-threaded USB probing, and many driver updates, the Linux 2.6.20 kernel will include a full virtualization solution. Kernel-based Virtual Machine is a GPL software project that has been developed and sponsored by Qumranet. In this article we are offering a brief overview of the Kernel-based Virtual Machine for Linux as well as offering up in-house performance numbers as we compare KVM to other virtualization solutions such as QEMU Accelerator and Xen.

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    Last edited by Michael; 01-07-2007 at 06:17 PM.

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    Sep 2006


    Nice article, Michael, thank you!

    For those who would like to see how Windows XP performs under KVM, check recently published article at

    And, BTW, 2.6.20-rc3 has a serious bug in the CFQ I/O elevator, it doesn't merge read requests at all, so disk is very slow! It has been fixed slightly after rc3 came out, so rc4 should be okay...
    Last edited by linportal; 08-29-2007 at 01:58 PM.

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    Apr 2007


    Hi, I'm a Swedish IT journalist. I read Michael's article about KVM and is interested in more opinions about KVM, especially from Swedish users. What do you think about KVM in comparison to Xen and VMware's and Microsofts efforts in the field? What's the potential for KVM?

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    Apr 2007


    Any chance of getting a VMware run included? I'd do it myself but I lack a AM2 or 775 socket to check it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thund View Post
    Any chance of getting a VMware run included? I'd do it myself but I lack a AM2 or 775 socket to check it.
    It's on the long TODO list.

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