[Beowulf] vmware perfomance

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 13:14:43 PST 2008

Actually, I'd thought about this myself some: suppose I have a small
cluster, and a head node that I also use as a workstation (so I'd think of
the compute nodes as devices serving on my workstation, not of the headnode
as dedicated to fileserving as you'd have at the departmental level). So
then one might wonder, could VMWare running on the head make use of nodes
for some workstation applications; e.g. run an application on a node while
the head CPU does mostly GUI? I dunno, I've never used VMware (or kvm etc)

On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 9:04 AM, Vernard Martin <vernard at venger.net> wrote:

> Frederico Aquino Carneiro wrote:
> > Hi! I am new in clustering, and I want to begin with the Beowulf
> > Cluster, but I have one doubt: vmware enjoy the performance of the
> > cluster? I mean, using the Beowulf cluster i will have a better
> > perfomance with the vmware?? Will vmware work faster and better?
> to my knowledge, VMWare will not takea advantage of Beowulf clustering
> technologies to run "faster". It might be useful for some sort of
> failover mechanism but in that case, you don't need Beowulf. You can
> just use the VMWare Virtual infrastructure product to give you that
> capability.
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