[fedora-virt] intel vt versus amd-v?
Robert L Cochran
cochranb at speakeasy.net
Fri Jun 5 20:56:41 UTC 2009
On 06/05/2009 01:47 PM, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 11:57:14AM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>> a friend wants to buy a server (probably dell) with HW virt support,
>> and is wondering if there are any current clear advantages of intel
>> over amd. the only observation i had time to make was that, if one
>> checks out entry-level servers from dell (ballpark $1000 cdn), the amd
>> opteron systems appear to be somewhat less expensive than equivalent
>> intel-based systems.
>> further thoughts?
> The more recent Intel and AMD parts have extra virtualization features
> which make virtualization more efficient -- primarily Intel Extended
> Page Tables (EPT) and AMD Nested Page Tables (NPT). So your friend
> should look at the chips which support that, basically Intel Nehalem
> and the quad-core AMD Opterons (previously known as Barcelona).
> If he wants to assign devices directly to guests, maybe look at Intel VT-d
> / AMD IOMMU. Not used it myself.
What a shame...I don't have a Nehalem processor in my Dell Latitude
E6400...I wonder if I can just buy the mobile version of a Nehalem chip
and replace my P9500 with it...
[root at deafeng3 ~]# exit
[rlc at deafeng3 ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 23
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P9500 @ 2.53GHz
stepping : 6
cpu MHz : 800.000
cache size : 6144 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 2
core id : 0
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 10
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat
pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm
constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl
vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 lahf_lm tpr_shadow vnmi
bogomips : 5054.28
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
[processor 1 info duplicates above]
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