From .NEXT Announcement Files: AHV Turbo Mode


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In his keynote at .NEXT, Sunil Potti announced several key features that will be a part of the upcoming Nutanix Acropolis software release. Andy Daniel ( nephologist ) from the Nutanix TME team wrote up a short blurb on one of the highly anticipated features, AHV Turbo that I thought I'd share with the community. We will post more information on AHV Turbo as we get closer to the upcoming release. You can also check out Sunil Potti's technical announcements keynote on YouTube:


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When we announced the release of our own hypervisor, AHV, at .NEXT 2015, we knew it would be a hit. Included as part of AOS on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, it's been a natural choice for our customers running everything from VDI to performance-hungry, business-critical Tier 1 applications. Although it has its underpinnings in the open-source KVM hypervisor, from day-one we knew our customers demanded more, so we worked at all layers, optimizing AHV for use with our Distributed Storage Fabric (DSF). Nutanix announced the next iteration of our optimization work at .NEXT, called AHV Turbo.

With DSF’s scale-out, flexible resource consumption and data locality, today single VMs on Nutanix have the ability to drive I/O reaching the constraints of the open source hardware virtualization engine, QEMU (short for Quick Emulator). In these highly performant scenarios, QEMU’s single threaded design is unable to keep pace with the high I/O rates capable with DSF. To overcome this, Nutanix developed AHV Turbo. This allows application VMs to consume all available resources without specialized configuration. Best of all, in typical Nutanix fashion, AHV Turbo adds no administrative overhead to enable.

With the addition of AHV Turbo, AHV continues to gain momentum as the performance hypervisor of choice for Nutanix customers and is just one of many new performance enhancements announced at .NEXT 2017. Combined with Nutanix appliance models supporting additional performance enhancing technologies like NVMe and RDMA, AHV Turbo provides a performance optimized full stack for the world’s most demanding applications.
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