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IDProjectCategoryView StatusDate SubmittedLast Update
0001116Endian FirewallHardware related (kernel, drivers, hardware)public2008-07-10 15:452010-11-22 12:51
Assigned Topeter-endian 
PrioritynormalSeverityfeatureReproducibilityhave not tried
PlatformOSOS Version
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Target VersionfutureFixed in Version2.4.1 
Summary0001116: Integrate KVM guest VirtIO drivers
DescriptionI would highly appreciate to consider the integration of KVM-VirtIO guest drivers into EFW 2.2!

Pherhaps, you should consider to remove the XEN support as it's integration is much more complicated. KVM has been evolved to a comparable virtualization technology.
Furthermore there are indications that the linux community does prefer the KVM solution as it is completely integrated into the Linux kernel.
See here for more: http://blog.codemonkey.ws/2008/05/truth-about-kvm-and-xen.html [^]

The integration of KVM guest VirtIO drivers would speed up the IO throughput especially for network and disk utilization.

See here how to build these drivers: http://kvm.qumranet.com/kvmwiki/Virtio [^]


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steven (reporter)
2008-07-11 11:46

I would 2nd that recommendation
nicoprenzel (reporter)
2009-04-20 13:28


This feature would be fine. Please consider to apply it to the next EFW community version. Beside it will be easy to integrate.

Updated build page: http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/Virtio [^]


pirip (reporter)
2009-09-21 13:35

Dear endian team,

I strongly support this recommendation. I recently carried out a set of iperf measurements on a KVM virtual machine running endian 2.2. Despite the tested link is Gigabit ethernet, I could only see no more than 95 Mb/s, using the e1000 driver on the endian VM (the physical NIC being an Intel 82572EI).

The same test, run on a Debian 5 VM with virtio supported, resulted in 500 Mb/s both inbound and outbound.

Should the 2.3 version support virtio, the resulting improvement in network performance would be potentially dramatic!


nicoprenzel (reporter)
2009-10-14 21:30


Please, build/integrate the virtio kernel modules with your next EFW release!!


nicoprenzel (reporter)
2010-02-11 17:18

Hopefully, endian 2.3.1 would get these drivers?

Pherhaps some statements from the Endian team?


mgabriel (reporter)
2010-02-18 18:12

I'd like to see this as well as we are going to deploy more and more endians (enterprise and open source) running as vms on kvm.
peter-endian (administrator)
2010-02-22 20:42

hi guys.. sorry for the long silence..
we are hugely into structuring things right now,.

next major release (planned for 2010/Q2) will contain a major kernel upgrade, which then includes also kvm, virtio and ballooning
nicoprenzel (reporter)
2010-05-31 13:15

okay, with your EFW 2.4 release the kernel upgrade did also contain the virtio drivers.
But you can't use it when you do a fresh install. It reports an error about a not found NIC, or so.
But after you've done a fresh install and then switch to virtio usage, the EFW 2.4 does recognize the virtio NIC.

But, you've missed to integrate the virtio disk drivers to your init image, I think. So you won't be able to boot a virtio driven disk. But i've to get into details a lot more.

Thanks. NicoP.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2008-07-10 15:45 nicoprenzel New Issue
2008-07-11 11:46 steven Note Added: 0001435
2008-08-08 13:12 peter-endian Status new => confirmed
2008-08-08 13:13 peter-endian Target Version => 2.3
2008-09-10 17:58 chris-endian Target Version 2.3 => future
2009-04-20 13:28 nicoprenzel Note Added: 0002165
2009-09-21 13:35 pirip Note Added: 0002975
2009-10-14 21:30 nicoprenzel Note Added: 0003110
2010-02-11 17:18 nicoprenzel Note Added: 0003768
2010-02-18 18:12 mgabriel Note Added: 0003817
2010-02-22 20:42 peter-endian Note Added: 0003833
2010-05-31 13:15 nicoprenzel Note Added: 0004310
2010-09-24 10:58 peter-endian Status confirmed => resolved
2010-09-24 10:58 peter-endian Fixed in Version => 2.4.1
2010-09-24 10:58 peter-endian Resolution open => fixed
2010-09-24 10:58 peter-endian Assigned To => peter-endian
2010-11-22 12:51 peter-endian Status resolved => closed

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