Virtual machine performance benchmarking

Steve G. Langer, Todd French

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Abstract

The attractions of virtual computing are many: reduced costs, reduced resources and simplified maintenance. Any one of these would be compelling for a medical imaging professional attempting to support a complex practice on limited resources in an era of ever tightened reimbursement. In particular, the ability to run multiple operating systems optimized for different tasks (computational image processing on Linux versus office tasks on Microsoft operating systems) on a single physical machine is compelling. However, there are also potential drawbacks. High performance requirements need to be carefully considered if they are to be executed in an environment where the running software has to execute through multiple layers of device drivers before reaching the real disk or network interface. Our lab has attempted to gain insight into the impact of virtualization on performance by benchmarking the following metrics on both physical and virtual platforms: local memory and disk bandwidth, network bandwidth, and integer and floating point performance. The virtual performance metrics are compared to baseline performance on "bare metal." The results are complex, and indeed somewhat surprising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-889
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Benchmarking
Diagnostic Imaging
Software
Metals
Maintenance
Bandwidth
Costs and Cost Analysis
Equipment and Supplies
Computer operating systems
Medical imaging
Interfaces (computer)
Image processing
Data storage equipment
Costs
Virtual machine
Virtualization
Linux

Keywords

  • Computer hardware
  • Computer systems
  • Computers in medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Medicine(all)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Virtual machine performance benchmarking. / Langer, Steve G.; French, Todd.

In: Journal of Digital Imaging, Vol. 24, No. 5, 10.2011, p. 883-889.

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Langer, Steve G. ; French, Todd. / Virtual machine performance benchmarking. In: Journal of Digital Imaging. 2011 ; Vol. 24, No. 5. pp. 883-889.
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