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SubjectRe: [RFC] Virtualization steps
On Mon, Mar 27, 2006 at 11:28:12PM -0500, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Dave Hansen wrote:
> >On Sat, 2006-03-25 at 04:33 +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> >>Oh, after you come to an agreement and start posting patches, can you
> >>also outline why we want this in the kernel (what it does that low
> >>level virtualization doesn't, etc, etc)
> >
> >Can you wait for an OLS paper? ;)
> >
> >I'll summarize it this way: low-level virtualization uses resource
> >inefficiently.
> >
> >With this higher-level stuff, you get to share all of the Linux caching,
> >and can do things like sharing libraries pretty naturally.
> >
> >They are also much lighter-weight to create and destroy than full
> >virtual machines. We were planning on doing some performance
> >comparisons versus some hypervisors like Xen and the ppc64 one to show
> >scaling with the number of virtualized instances. Creating 100 of these
> >Linux containers is as easy as a couple of shell scripts, but we still
> >can't find anybody crazy enough to go create 100 Xen VMs.
>
> But these require a modified O/S, do they not? Or do I read that
> incorrectly? Is this going to be real virtualization able to run any
> O/S?

Xen requires slighly modified kernels, while e.g.
Linux-VServer only uses a _single_ kernel for all
virtualized guests ...

> Frankly I don't see running 100 VMs as a realistic goal, being able to
> run Linux, Windows, Solaris and BEOS unmodified in 4-5 VMs would be
> far more useful.

well, that largely depends on the 'use' ...

I don't think that vps providers like lycos would be
very happy if they had to multiply the ammount of
machines they require by 10 or 20 :)

and yes, running 100 and more Linux-VServers on a
single machine _is_ realistic ...

best,
Herbert

> >Anyway, those are the things that came to my mind first. I'm sure the
> >others involved have their own motivations.
> >
> >-- Dave
> >
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