[Scottish] Virtualisation comparisons

Ben Thorp THORPB at uk.ibm.com
Fri Feb 9 12:25:34 GMT 2007

Don't suppose anyone would be interested in doing something in one of the 
meetings about virtualisation? It's quite a hot topic at the moment and 
I'm sure folks would be interested.


scottish-bounces at mailman.lug.org.uk wrote on 09/02/2007 11:47:32:

> I'm from Edinburgh, but I seem to have a lot of visits to Glasgow booked
> up, so... hello everyone from 
> Anyway. Here's some notes from a bit of experimenting I've been doing.
> If you're interested in comparing a couple of the virtualisation systems
> around, Alpha Systems (sponsored by the Japanese government) has just
> released a new version of Xenoppix:
>   We released new Xenoppix which is consisted of KNOPPIX5.1.1, Xen3.
> 0.4, QEMU/KVM,
>   and HTTP-FUSE(stackable/network virtual disk). You can compare 
> Xen(3.0.4 on Linux2.6.16)
>   and KVM(Release 12 on Linux2.6.19) on the CD-ROM.
>   The boot of CD image is accelerated by LCAT.
> http://unit.aist.go.jp/itri/knoppix/xen/index-en.html
> http://www.alpha.co.jp/biz/rdg/ac-knoppix/index_en.html
> (LCAT is impressive, it's the first fundamental improvement on Rusty's
> cloop since its release c. 1999. All livecds will benefit from it.)
> One of the things to compare these two against is QEMU+kqemu. kqemu is
> now GPL. Another point: since QEMU is a vital part of Xen, QEMU is
> implicit in the three most-used accellerated virtualisation systems for
> Linux, four if you count VirtualBox although I don't think many people
> are using it yet. QEMU 0.9.0 is out ( 
http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/ )
> Regards,
> -- 
> Dan Shearer
> dan at shearer.org
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