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

To: Joseph Commisso <commissoje@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Home Xen hypervisor for master's project
From: Todd Deshane <todd.deshane@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:21:25 +0000
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On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 8:02 PM, Joseph Commisso <commissoje@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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.

Can you go into more detail about what features you plan to implement?

Also, what type of interfaces do you expect to provide to users? How
will they connect? etc.

> 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:
> http://wiki.xen.org/xenwiki/VTdHowTo?highlight=(vtd)
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Joe
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