Software Techniques for Avoiding Hardware Virtualization Exits

@inproceedings{Agesen2012SoftwareTF,
  title={Software Techniques for Avoiding Hardware Virtualization Exits},
  author={Ole Agesen and Jim Mattson and Radu Rugina and Jeffrey Sheldon},
  booktitle={USENIX Annual Technical Conference},
  year={2012}
}
On modern processors, hardware-assisted virtualization outperforms binary translation for most workloads. But hardware virtualization has a potential problem: virtualization exits are expensive. While hardware virtualization executes guest instructions at native speed, guest/VMM transitions can sap performance. Hardware designers attacked this problem both by reducing guest/VMM transition costs and by adding architectural extensions such as nested paging support to avoid exits. This paper… CONTINUE READING
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