[Haifux] [HAIFUX LECTURE] Nested X86 virtualization by Muli Ben-Yehuda

Orna Agmon Ben-Yehuda ladypine at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 11:36:39 MSK 2009

Dear Interested,

Please note that slides will NOT be available soon, as this work is to
be submitted as a paper.


On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 9:44 AM, Orna Agmon Ben-Yehuda
<ladypine at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Monday, December 21st (TOMORROW) at 18:30, Haifux will gather to
> hear Muli Ben-Yehuda of IBM Research - Haifa talk about
>           Nested x86 Virtualization
> Abstract
> Server virtualization has been widely adopted by the market, and the
> number of servers running virtual machines is increasing daily. As
> machine virtualization gains popularity, the hypervisor itself, along
> with its management stack, becomes a basic and required part of the
> system. The next natural evolution phase in the virtualization
> abstraction chain is to view the hypervisor as part of the user
> workload, and to be able to run multiple hypervisors inside virtual
> machines, each with its own set of nested guest virtual machines.
> We present an analysis of nested virtualization in hardware platforms
> with only a single level of hardware virtualization support such as
> the x86 platform. We then present an architecture for extending a
> single level of memory management virtualization support to handle
> nested virtualization, which is critical for high performance.
> Building on this, we then present the first implementation of
> high-performance nested virtualization on Intel x86-based systems. Our
> implementation is part of the Linux/KVM hypervisor, can run multiple
> other hypervisors (e.g., VMware's) and can achieve performance that is
> within 5% of single-level (non-nested) virtualization.
> The talk will begin by covering the basics of single-level x86
> virtualization (CPU, MMU, and I/O). Some familiarity with Linux and
> KVM (http://haifux.org/lectures/152/) is assumed, but is not
> mandatory. Source code will be shown.
> Joint work with Ben-Ami Yassour, Orit Wasserman, Abel Gordon, Zvi
> Dubitzki, Michael Factor (IBM Research -- Haifa), Mike Day, and
> Anthony Liguori (IBM Linux Technology Center).
> =================================================================
> We meet in Taub (CS Faculty) building, room 6. For instructions see:
> http://www.haifux.org/where.html
> Attendance is free, and you are all invited!
> ============================================================
> Future  Haifux events include:
> 04/01/10 The Offline Scheduler: Raz Ben-Yehuda
> 18/01/10 The FOSS Community as a Social Phenomenon: Yaron Dishon
> 15/02/10 VoIP in Linux: Rami Rosen
> ============================================================
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