On 11 Sep 2008, at 11:57, Denis Hennessy wrote:
> I'm purchasing a new server to host a number of xen clients and I'm
> having trouble deciding which processor option to pick.
>> Here's the choices:
>> Dual core or quad core?
> Dual processor or single?
> Intel or AMD?
> Which model within each range?
> Processor speed?
>> The host will be managing a number of xen instances, which will be
> idle most of the time but should be responsive when used. I don't
> mind putting plenty memory in it so that each instance isn't
> swapping but the processor choice isn't as obvious.
>> Any advice welcome.
What can you afford? The more cores you have, the better, as you
reduce the amount of state swapping as different VMs get a bite at the
cherry. Although I'm an AMD fan, at the moment Intel seems to be
winning in the bang for the buck stakes (though that's liable to
change from day to day). My general attitude when buying CPUs is to
buy one step back from the bleeding edge, as I reckons that's usually
the peak of the price / performance curve.
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