1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Setting Up A Xen Graphics Card Pass-Through

Virtualization

Published on 23 March 2012 09:20 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization
15 Comments

For those wanting to setup a Xen VGA pass-through configuration whereby your host graphics card can be controlled by a guest operating system, like Windows within Linux, here's a guide how to setup this interesting feature.

For those not familiar with the PCI/VGA pass-through support for Xen virtualization, watch this demo made by Ubisoft and the description within that article. The game development studio was playing around with Linux and Xen virtualization whereby they passed a graphics card to their DomU for gaming. That's a video from last year and still fairly interesting.

This week on the Xen mailing list was a report of a user passing his NVIDIA GeForce graphics card to a Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview HVM DomU and Windows XP Home Edition SP3 HVM DomU from his Ubuntu 11.10 system ruunning an Intel Pentium CPU and the Xen stack was from Xen 4.2-unstable.

The Xen user, Teo En Ming, has written a 13-page PDF guide about how he setup the Xen VGA pass-through support for those looking to play around with this feature. Here's the PDF guide. "If you want to follow all the steps in the PDF file documentation which I have written, I can guarantee you great success to Xen VGA Passthrough with Windows 8 Consumer Preview HVM domU."

Additional information on the Xen VGA pass-through support is available from the Xen Wiki.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver
  2. The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers
  3. AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel
  4. Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Catalyst 14.6 Does Slightly Better With APITest OpenGL Tests
  2. Updated Source Engine Benchmarks On The Latest AMD/NVIDIA Linux Drivers
  3. Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel
  4. KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10
Latest Linux News
  1. Fedora Assembles A Security Team
  2. AMD Launches The A10-7800, The 65 Watt Kaveri
  3. Builder: A New Development IDE Being Built For GNOME
  4. GDB 7.8 Betters Python Scripting, Adds Guile Support
  5. GNOME's GTK+ Is Still Striving For A Scene Graph, Canvas API
  6. Unreal Tournament Looks Great For Team Deathmatch
  7. LibreOffice 4.3 Released With Many Exciting Changes
  8. GNOME/GTK On Wayland Gains Focus At GUADEC
  9. GNOME Stakeholders Take Issue With Groupon Over their Gnome
  10. GStreamer VA-API Plug-In Update Adds New Features
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Debian + radeonsi
  2. Grand Theft Auto Running On Direct3D Natively On Linux Shows Gallium3D Potential
  3. AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver
  4. Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap
  5. Open-source drivers on ATI R7 260X
  6. AMD Athlon 5350 APU On Linux
  7. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  8. List of Linux friendly Kickstarter projects