[vbox-dev] VirtualBox on cluster ( not the cluster on VirtualBox!) - parallelization.

Alexey Eremenko al4321 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 11:33:37 GMT 2009

On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 1:26 PM, Victor Vasilchenko
<vvasilchenko at gmail.com> wrote:
> Good day,
> is it possible to run VirtualBox on the cluster (SSI - single-system image)
> with the only purpose - to create a single virtual machine with all
> available CPUs(cores) and memory ?
> Example:
> the set of 4 PCs (CoreQuad + 8GB RAM) forms a Linux cluster with 16 cores
> and 32GB memory.
> Would it be possible to run VirtualBox on this cluster - that is to run it
> parallelized on all 4 cluster nodes (16 cores),
> the result would be a VirtualPC with 15Cores and 30GB Memory (-1 for host
> itself).
> Just imagine that any OS installed inside this virtual machine will see 15
> cores and 31GB memory !
> And all the current modern programs will fully utilize it's power (simply
> multithreading - no need to redesign for MPI support):
> 1) 3D studios (Maya, Max) will run on 15 threads
> 2) Video transcoding software will use 15 threads
> 3) make -j 15
> 4) etc....
> the only question here is whether VirtualBox can be run on cluster in
> parallelized manner, but not on just one node of it.
> Did you have any experiments for it or may be have any ideas?

Can you run a single OS kernel on your cluster to see all cores ?
I think not, unless you have custom motherboard which runs into
millions of dollars.

Besides this is a user's question, so please discuss there... not on devel list.


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