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A quantitative comparison between xen and kvm To cite this article: Andrea Chierici and Riccardo Veraldi 2010 J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 219 042005 View the article online for updates and enhancements. Related content ATLAS grid compute cluster with virtualized service nodes J Mejia, S Stonjek and S Kluth -Virtualization for the LHCb Online system Enrico Bonaccorsi, Loic Brarda, Gary Moine et al. -HEP specific benchmarks of virtual machines on multi-core CPU architectures M Alef and I Gable -Recent<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/219/4/042005">doi:10.1088/1742-6596/219/4/042005</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/release/wnnjli673jhw7eslfhemnhy2nq">fatcat:wnnjli673jhw7eslfhemnhy2nq</a> </span>
more »... tations O. Terzo et al -This content was downloaded from IP address 188.8.131.52 on 21/08/2018 at 18:01 A quantitative comparison between xen and kvm Abstract. Virtualization is a proven software technology that is rapidly transforming the IT landscape and fundamentally changing the way that people compute. Recently all major software producers (e.g. Microsoft and RedHat) developed or acquired virtualization technologies. Our institute is a Tier1 for LHC experiments and is experiencing lots of benefits from virtualization technologies, like improving fault tolerance, providing efficient hardware resource usage and increasing security. Currently the virtualization solution adopted is xen, which is well supported by the Scientific Linux distribution, widely adopted by the HEP community. Since the HEP linux distribution is based on RedHat ES, we feel the need to investigate performance and usability differences with the new kvm technology recently acquired by RedHat. The case study of this work will be the LHCb experiment Tier2 site hosted at our institute, where all major grid elements run on xen virtual machines smoothly. We will investigate the impact on performance and stability that a migration to kvm would entail on the Tier2 site, as well as the effort required by a system administrator to deploy the migration. Several quantitative test results will be shown and explained in detail.
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