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[Xen-users] Runing dbench on virtual domains, incorrect results!

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Subject: [Xen-users] Runing dbench on virtual domains, incorrect results!
From: Parissa Heidari <parisa.heidari@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 12:16:12 -0400
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I'm running dbench on Xen-dom0, Xen-domU and a real machine to measure the 
performance loss of virtual machines in comparison withe real one.

The machine has 2 cpus but I have disabled hyperthreading in the bias and all 
my kernels are compiled with SMP disabled. And also its total available RAM 
is 2GB but I have limited available RAM in the kernel command line of all 
machines. SO my real machine has 900MB, dom0 900MB and also my domU has 

Surprisingly, I see that Xen increases the performance! I have repeated my 
tests many times but the result is the same.

Here is my results:
Real machine, unmodified kernel: 237 MB/sec
Xen-dom0 ( no domU created. dom0 is running lonely) : 261 MB/sec
Xen-domU (just 1 doU is running besid dom0) : 284 MB/sec

Seeing better performance on a domU is not so surprising because however Dom0 
has 900MB, and a domU also 900MB and they have some collaborations to access 
the disk and ..., but I have no idea about what I see on dom0. Is this 
because of bad measurement of time in virtual machines?

I appreciate your suggestion  or justification,

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