Linux Virtualization Performance Of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Through Ubuntu 10.10

“Earlier this month we delivered Ubuntu 10.10 benchmarks from
some different hardware comparing the performance of this “Maverick
Meerkat” release to that of Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04.1 LTS. The
results were interesting, but since then we have had the time to
complete additional tests. In this benchmarking roundabout, we
decided to see how the performance of every release from Ubuntu
8.04 LTS through the new Ubuntu Linux release performs when tested
in a virtualized environment using Linux’s KVM virtualization. Here
are the virtualized guest results for Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, 8.10,
9.04, 9.10, 10.04.1 LTS, and 10.10.

“The host system was comprised of an AMD Opteron 2384 Quad-Core
CPU, 4GB of system memory, a Tyan S2927 motherboard, and an OCZ
64GB Agility EX SSD. This system was running Ubuntu 10.10 (x86_64)
with the stock package selection, including the Linux 2.6.35
kernel. Upon performing a clean installation, virt-manager and the
other packages needed for KVM virtualization were installed. When
testing these past six Ubuntu releases in a KVM virtualized
environment we allowed each VM a 30GB disk image, access to 2048MB
of system memory, and all four CPU cores.”

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