Publication
SOSP 1979
Conference paper

A virtual machine emulator for performance evaluation

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Abstract

Virtual machines have long been used for functional testing of operating systems and to obtain the services of multiple operating systems from a single machine. They have not been used for performance evaluation however, because the timing observed by a program executing in a virtual machine is unpredictable and dependent on such factors as system load, real operating system overhead, real scheduling, etc. System level performance evaluation of hardware and operating systems has typically been done by hardware prototyping and dedicated machine benchmarking.

Date

10 Dec 1979

Publication

SOSP 1979