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  • Increased server utilization

  • Reduced IT TCO

  • Improved IT agility


  • High performances

  • Affordable, low cost solution

  • Robust and easy to use

  • Easy to deploy

  • Simple management and implementation of virtual machine

  • Multi-os support enables windows and Linux virtual machines

  • Board industry support amongst leading manufacturer including IBM, INTEL, HP

  • Wider local storage support

  • Deep hardware virtualization integration

Xen architecture



Guest OS

Host OS







Xen Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM)


H a r d w a r e

To run PinOS between guest and hardware: Use Xen

Virtualize and present a fake processor to the guest OS



XEN architecture

Processor architecture
Processor architecture

  • Table 2.3 Xen Features by CPU Architecture

  • x86 x86 x64

  • Feature (no PAE) (with PAE) (x86_64) IA-64 POWERPC

  • Privileged Domains X X X X X

  • Guest Domains X X X X X

  • SMP Guests X X X X

  • Save/Restore/Migrate X X X X

  • More than 4GB RAM X X X X

  • Progressive PV X X X X X

  • Driver Domains X X X


  • Table 2.4 Paravirtualization Requirements and Considerations

  • Item Type item Requirements or special Consideration

  • Memory Management Segmentation Cannot insert privileged segment descrip-

  • tors and cannot overlap with the top end

  • of the linear address space.

  • Paging Guest operating system has direct read

  • access to hardware-level page tables,

  • updates are batched or performed indi-

  • vidually and validated by the hypervisor.

  • CPU Protection The guest operating system must run at a

  • more restricted privilege level than Xen—

  • in other words, it cannot run in Ring-0.

  • Exceptions The guest operating system must register

  • a table for exception trap handlers.


  • System calls The guest operating system may install a

  • handler for system calls, allowing direct

  • calls from an application or the operating

  • system itself. Some of these calls do not

  • need to be handled directly by Xen.

  • Interrupts Hardware interrupts are replaced with a

  • notification event mechanism.

  • Time The guest operating system must be

  • aware

  • Device I/O Network Virtual devices are simple to access. Data

  • and Disk is transferred using asynchronous I/O

  • rings, and interrupt-like communication

  • to the guest operating system is handled

  • through event notifications.


  • CPU

    • Cpu virtualization

    • Cpu scheduling

    • Time

  • Memory management

    • Memory allocation

    • Paging and segmentation

    • Virtual address translation

  • I/o virtualization

    • Device i/o ring

    • Event channels

    • Virtual i/o devices and split device driver

    • Software and hardware iommu

Creating virtual machine
Creating virtual machine

  • Using a template file

  • Installing from a CD or an ISO image onto a XEN virtual machine (windows 2003 and windows xp only)

  • Installing from vendor media onto a network installation server directly onto a XEN vm

  • Performing a physical to virtual convertion on an existing server

  • Cloning an existing VM

  • Importing an existing exported XEN VM


  • Great performances with minimal overhead

  • Hardware virtualization extension

  • Easy to use, robust and affordable

  • Benefits of server utilization







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