Monday, November 01, 2010

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0

The Oracle VM Server 2.0 software was released during the week of Oracle OpenWorld 2010 in San Francisco. At that conference, I presented with John Falkenthal and Honglin Su on the 2.0 release. I've uploaded the presentations to the LDoms Community site:

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Enabling a Flexible and Efficient IT Infrastructure, by John Falkenthal, Honglin Su, and Octave Orgeron, presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2010. (PPT)
  • Industry View: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0, by Octave Orgeron, presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2010. (PDF)

The first presentation goes into detail over the 2.0 release while the second presentation gives an industry view. Unfortunately, the audio for the session has not been made available for download and contained valuable information. As such, I'll provide a brief overview of the new features in the 2.0 release:

  • SPARC-T3 Support - The SPARC T3 servers (1, 1b, 2, and 4) are supported with this release.
  • PCI-E Direct I/O - PCI-E slots can now be allocated directly to LDoms.
  • Dynamic Memory Reconfiguration - Memory can now be dynamically allocated to LDoms. This concludes DR capable resources that are available (CPU, Cryptographic Units, Virtual Disks, and Virtual NICs)
  • LDom Migration Enhancements - Increased performance and fewer restrictions around CPUs and Cryptographic Units
  • Enhanced Virtual Disk Multi-Pathing - Multi-Pathing at the Guest LDom level when multiple Service Domains are used as back-ends.
  • Unique Domain ID Tools & APIs - Unique Domain IDs for identification and asset tracking of LDoms.
  • Enhanced CPU Allocation & Affinity - Better allocation of CPU threads to prevent cache thrashing
  • SPARC-T3 Power Management - Power management features on the SPARC T3 servers where unused threads and cores can be powered off.
  • P2V Conversion Tool Enhancements - Enhanced support for UFS and VxVM boot volumes.
Over the next few blog posts, I'll demonstrate these new features where possible, so that you can see the benefits of using the 2.0 release.

The OVM for SPARC 2.0 download site is ready and the updated firmware is now available. It is important to update the firmware to support the 2.0 release features. I've also updated the LDoms Community site with the links to the 2.0 documentation.


Mc said...

Your LDOMs PowerPoint doc won't open in PowerPoint.

Octave Orgeron said...

I've been able to open it up on StarOffice, OpenOffice, and MS Office 2007.