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[Xen-users] Home Xen hypervisor for master's project

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Subject: [Xen-users] Home Xen hypervisor for master's project
From: Joseph Commisso <commissoje@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:02:52 -0500
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Hi all,

Could somebody please help me with a few hardware questions?

I am building a home Xen server to implement a Xen Cloud for my
master's project comparing SOA.
I will probably use Linux guest OSs, but I may want to use a Windows
guest for home PC use.

I have been trying to make a decision on the CPU and motherboard to
purchase and really could use some help.

I have read the wiki post at:

1) For my purposes, is IOMMU important?
If so, then also, for my purposes, it looks like the ASUS Crosshair IV
Formula may be a good choice.

** I would appreciate any input, as to the Crosshair or other, like the M4A89TD.

Now for the CPU and I have really not been able to determine how many
cores is optimal for this server.
I have a knowledgeable coworker who says that three cores is optimal
and I have not been able to find information to support that or
dispute it.

2) The Phenom II series seems to be attractive, so I have been
concentrating on those, but can someone also help me with the X3, X4,
or X6 decision?


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