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x86 Will See KVM Improvements In Linux 3.17

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Published on 04 August 2014 01:04 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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For Linux 3.16 the KVM improvements were mostly about POWER, S390, and MIPS architectures while for Linux 3.17 the table has turned to focus upon x86 improvements to the Kernel-based Virtual Machine.

Paolo Bonzini sent in the first round of KVM changes for the Linux 3.17 merge window. The MIPS/S390 architectures in particular have seen little changes this kernel development cycle while x86 has been a greater focus. Linux 3.17 KVM has nested VMX improvements, optimizations for old processors (up through Intel Nehalem CPUs), and various x86 emulator bug-fixes.

The PowerPC and ARM KVM changes will be submitted for Linux 3.17 in the days ahead. Linux virtualization users wanting to learn more about these x86 KVM changes can see the pull request with the full patch log that's been queued up of the KVM changes.

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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 .
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