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Subjectmore interrupts (lower performance) in bare-metal compared with running VM
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Hi all,

i am comparing network throughput performance under bare-metal case
with that running VM with assigned-device (assigned NIC). i have two
physical machines (each has a 10Gbit NIC), one is used as remote
server (run netserver) and the other is used as the target tested one
(run netperf with different send message size, TCP_STREAM test). the
remote NIC is connected directly with the tested NIC, both are 10Gbit.
fore bare-metal case, i enable 1 cpu core, for VM i also configure 1
vcpu (the memory is sufficient for both bare-metal and VM case). i
run netperf for 120 seconds and got the following results:

send message interrupts throughput (mbit/s)
bare-metal 256 10696290 1114.84
512 10106786 1391.92
1024 10071032 1508.09
2048 4560857 3434.65
4096 3292200 4762.26
8192 3169801 4733.89
16384 2780529 4892.6

VM(assigned NIC) 256 3817904 2249.35
512 3599007 4342.81
1024 3005601 4134.69
2048 2952122 4484
4096 2682874 4566.34
8192 2786719 4734.39
16384 2603835 4540.47

as shown, the interrupts for bare-metal case is much more than the VM
case for some message size. we also see the throughput for those
situations is lower than VM case. it's strange that the bare-metal has
lower performance than the VM case. Does anyone have comments on this?
i am very confused.

Thanks,
Sheng


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