New Linux Kernel Expected To Improve Virtualisation

Linus Torvalds has launched the new Linux Kernel 2.6.39, a move that is expected to bring platform virtualisation, as well as a wide range of performance enhancements for the Linux platform.

This latest update, version 2.6.39, is the third update made by developers to the Linux Kernel in 2011 alone. The previous update, version 2.6.38, had made its debut in March, this year.

The new 2.6.39 kernel comes with a new block device plugging model, inspired from a per-thread approach, and aimed at discouraging code locking.

Code locking, according to the developers, will bring some key additional elements to improve the platform’s overall performance.

The new update also includes some key features that can prove to be quite handy from the virtualisation perspective. The version 2.6.39 also features synchronous page fault processing.

"We are backporting things like virtualization enhancements in KVM that optimize for how level networking is handled," Tim Burke, the vice president of Linux Engineering at Red Hat, said in an exclusive statement to InternetNews.com.

"Both in terms of how it deals with low level network queues and with the CPU scheduling efficiency of virtualized guests."

The Linux kernel is the basis of a number of popular operating systems, incuding Ubuntu and Red Hat.