Updated (22/09/2008): Our Dunnington review will be online tomorrow.

After seeing how much reactions Derek got with his now famous post about "female readership at Anandtech", I thought that this title would definitely draw your attention :-). Anyway, one of suggestions that Derek got was that Anandtech should hire female editors for the woman point of view. Those people really need to read it.anandtech.com more: we have Liz writing some heavy and well written articles here such as container based virtualization and software virtualization.
 
So, that took care of the "women" part of this blogpost. Another suggestion that was posted was that we should deliver what we have promised you. And indeed it.anandtech.com promised you an in depth comparison of the hypervisors out there such as Hyper-V, ESX and Xen. We delivered only a few virtualization benchmarks so far. What happened? Well, after we did so much testing, we worked with the performance teams of VMware and Microsoft and after some time we ironed out a few mistakes that we made. So that made us rerun a whole battery of benchmarks and tests, but that is the price you got to pay when you start testing something which is new to you. So expect a full hypervisor comparison late this month. Why this late? Because a very important launch of CPUs caused us to shift our focus: we want to deliver some benchmarks on those new CPUs first. If all goes well, you should see those spanky new CPUs benchmarked in a virtualized setup this week. I believe it will be a very new and interesting experience to see CPUs tested this way.
 
Last but not least, I'll be off to London this wednesday to meet Ronak Singhal. If you still have - after Anand's excellent article -an excellent technical question for the Chief Architect Ronak Singhal about Intel's Nehalem, I'll be glad to ask him this question. Understand that I probably only have time for the very best questions, but please feel free to either send me this question or post it here.
 
Basically, check out our IT portal regularly the coming days and weeks: you'll be freed of all that gaming stuff on the front page (*), and rest assured we'll show you some interesting things!   
 
(*) Just Joking ;-)
 
 
 
 
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  • DeepThought86 - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    So basically you wait until Nehalem is on the scene because Penryn is so outclassed by Barcelona in virtualization benchmarks?

    Do you guys have even a shred of credibility left?
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  • Finally - Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - link

    [quote]Is there any reason why you jump so quickly to the conclusion that we are favoring Intel?[/quote]

    That's right, you heard the man! Do it slower, please.
    Reply
  • JohanAnandtech - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    Is there any reason why you jump so quickly to the conclusion that we are favoring Intel? If you read the other blogs, we have defending the Barcelona architecture (as it performs well in server benchmarks) where many were simply calling it a disaster just because it doesn't perform well in gaming. Just take a look at the blog posts at it.anandtech.com.

    (http://it.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=443">http://it.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=443 is one example)

    Let us see where this misunderstanding comes from. First of all, our virtualization article is late because we want to make sure we were not unfair to VMware, Microsoft or the Xen vendors. It was an article mostly focused on the hypervisors, not the CPUs. So the article got delayed several times.

    Secondly, Nehalem is not the CPU that is launched today, it is Intel's six-core Dunnington. It is not weird IMHO that we focus on a new launch and delay an already late article a bit more.


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  • JohanAnandtech - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    Is there any reason why you jump so quickly to the conclusion that we are favoring Intel? If you read the other blogs, we have defending the Barcelona architecture (as it performs well in server benchmarks) where many were simply calling it a disaster just because it doesn't perform well in gaming. Just take a look at the blog posts at it.anandtech.com.

    (http://it.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=443">http://it.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=443 is one example)

    Let us see where this misunderstanding comes from. First of all, our virtualization article is late because we want to make sure we were not unfair to VMware, Microsoft or the Xen vendors. It was an article mostly focused on the hypervisors, not the CPUs. So the article got delayed several times.

    Secondly, Nehalem is not the CPU that is launched today, it is Intel's six-core Dunnington. It is not weird IMHO that we focus on a new launch and delay an already late article a bit more.


    Reply
  • Sunrise089 - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    Wow - triple-post from a staff-member!

    I bet you wish there was an Edit button now :)
    Reply
  • Polynikes - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    LOL, I'm sure he's already working on implementing one, if only for a few minutes. ;D Reply
  • JohanAnandtech - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    Is there any reason why you jump so quickly to the conclusion that we are favoring Intel? If you read the other blogs, we have defending the Barcelona architecture (as it performs well in server benchmarks) where many were simply calling it a disaster just because it doesn't perform well in gaming. Just take a look at the blog posts at it.anandtech.com.

    Let us see where this misunderstanding comes from. First of all, our virtualization article is late because we want to make sure we were not unfair to VMware, Microsoft or the Xen vendors. It was an article mostly focused on the hypervisors, not the CPUs. So the article got delayed several times.

    Secondly, Nehalem is not the CPU that is launched today, it is Intel's six-core Dunnington. It is not weird IMHO that we focus on a new launch and delay an already late article a bit more.


    Reply
  • JohanAnandtech - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    Is there any reason why you jump so quickly to the conclusion that we are favoring Intel? If you read the other blogs, we have defending the Barcelona architecture where many were simply calling it a disaster just because it doesn't perform well in gaming. Just take a look at the blog posts at it.anandtech.com.

    Let us see where this misunderstanding comes from. First of all, our virtualization article is late because we want to make sure we were not unfair to VMware, Microsoft or the Xen vendors. It was an article mostly focused on the hypervisors, not the CPUs. So the article got delayed several times.

    Secondly, Nehalem is not the CPU that is launched today, it is Intel's six-core Dunnington. It is not weird IMHO that we focus on a new launch and delay an already late article a bit more.


    Reply
  • BaronMatrix - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    Why would women have a different opinion about technology? Maybe that's what the problem is. You're just a human but they're "only women." No wonder they charge us for sex. Reply
  • crackedwiseman - Monday, September 15, 2008 - link

    Recently I have read multiple articles with say that the CPU voltage and DDR3 SDRAM voltage are synchronous, resulting in rather disappointing memory standards of DDR3-800 and DDR3-1066. I realize that having a triple-channel memory controller may make up for lost bandwidth, but I see no advantage in either performance nor performance per watt to linking the voltage of the RAM and CPU, particularly given the differing voltage tolerance of the parts. So I ask a simple question: why? Reply

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