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    SubjectcoLinux benchmarks
    Hello,

    Today I ran some dbench2 benchmarks in order to test coLinux's
    (http://www.colinux.org) virtual disk I/O performance.

    I'm cross-posting this message to the LKML, as I know that on that
    list there are some benchmarking experts or other people who may
    find this interesting.

    This is the output from a coLinux 2.4.25 guest VM configured with
    128MB RAM running on a Linux 2.6.3 (BK) host that has a total of
    256MB RAM. The host machine has a Mobile Intel Celeron CPU (2.20GHz).
    All filesystems used are ext3.

    colinux:/home/dax# dbench 5 -s -S
    5 clients started
    0 62477 10.01 MB/sec
    Throughput 10.0026 MB/sec (sync open) (sync dirs) 5 procs

    colinux:/home/dax# dbench 5 -s -S
    5 clients started
    0 62477 10.43 MB/sec
    Throughput 10.4262 MB/sec (sync open) (sync dirs) 5 procs

    colinux:/home/dax# dbench 5 -s -S
    5 clients started
    0 62477 10.90 MB/sec
    Throughput 10.8926 MB/sec (sync open) (sync dirs) 5 procs


    I then ran the same thing on the host itself, *without* the
    coLinux VM running in the background:

    hostile17:~/colinux# dbench 5 -s -S
    5 clients started
    0 62477 5.08 MB/sec
    Throughput 5.07573 MB/sec (sync open) (sync dirs) 5 procs

    hostile17:~/colinux# dbench 5 -s -S
    5 clients started
    0 62477 5.13 MB/sec
    Throughput 5.12705 MB/sec (sync open) (sync dirs) 5 procs


    The VM shows better results than the host. What gives? Perhaps
    it is because of the combination of the host and guest's buffer
    cache? I'd like to know about more percise benchmarking methods
    for VMs.

    --
    Dan Aloni
    Cooperative Linux, lead developer
    da-x@colinux.org
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