QEMU/KVM OpenVSwitch OpenFlow on an Atom D525 Mini-ITX PC

I have this Mini-ITX PC that I have put together to use as a XBMC player and torrent downloader with very low power output (yeah well its no good for 1080p playback but our Samsung Led TV can handle most of those with its built-in player so thats no biggie either).

Anyway, despite the fact that the D525 or any Atom CPU as a matter of fact or really no good for virtualization (VT-x let alone VT-d etc. support) didn’t hinder me to go ahead and try some Qemu, OpenVSwitch and OpenFlow experimenting on it.

This page will get updated occasionally to give as much detail as possible about my progress.

Disclaimer: Please hereby be warned that I take no responsibility for any damage (software or hardware) taken by following instructions here blindly. Always have backups of your valuable data and take a cautions approach about environmental effects. Please also be warned that the D525 is and therefore should be an incredibly slow platform for virtualization.

Hardware:
Intel D525MW Mini-ITX MB
Atom D525 1.8Ghz Dual Core CPU
4GB DDR3 800MHz SoDimm RAM
500GB 2.5″ Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive with 4GB SSD Adaptive Memory
DVD-RW Optical Drive
Akasa Crypto AK-ITX02BK Mini-ITX case

Software:
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin 64 Bit Edition on ZFS

 

Late and overdue Update:
I later got an Intel i7-3770 & 16GB system which completely took over my VM needs (with relative ease 🙂 )

2 thoughts on “QEMU/KVM OpenVSwitch OpenFlow on an Atom D525 Mini-ITX PC

  1. So, where you update ?
    I try to start qemu-system-x86 at my Atom D2700 (without virtualization), my winxp 100% CPU 🙁

    • Hi,

      So without any virtualization extension on the Atom CPUs, you need full virtualization mode (pure qemu), which means everything will put full load on the CPU, in your case even the graphics card will be emulated as Windows XP doesn’t really have an option to run in console mode.
      I got away with my experience (to a certain extend) by using my guests in console mode, but even then it was pretty slow.
      If you don’t need full desktop experience I would suggest using the Wine app to just the Windows applications you need.
      I later got an Intel i7-3770 & 16GB system which completely took over my VM needs (with relative ease 🙂 )

      Cheers,
      Deniz

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