VM with 20GB of memory with 8cores?

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I have a VM on ESXi 6.5 with 20Gb of memory but 8 cores as well. I think that's a bit odd but I'm wondering if it would in fact cause any issues or performance impact. Essentially I figured it'd be something to do with the vNUMA and the pNUMA and how it manages across the two.

I know that 6.5 has improved the vNUMA considerably, so I'm wondering if this is still an issue, if so can you provide any documentation?

Thanks
Alex
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Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Numa scheduling a large number of cores on a VM isn't in and of itself an issue.

To determine if there is a problem with a VM of 8 cores requires knowing:

  • A)  The underlying physical hardware's total number of virtual cores.    (Virtual Cores = 1x or 2x the value of Physical cores (1x is Hyper threading is disabled, 2x if HT is enabled)  (physical = total cores across all CPUs on the system)
  • B)  The mix of additional VMs on the system, their number of CPUs, and average load.
Alex GreenProject Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
It's a 24 core server with 256GB of memory

So 48 logical Processors.

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Alex
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Alex GreenProject Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
2 sockets and 4 cores on each socket have been assigned.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
don't bother with sockets ANYMORE with 6.5

see above...

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Alex GreenProject Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Perfect, so stick with solid cores and then this should in fact improve performance going forward.

Excellent, that explains a lot, as for the 20GB of memory, that wouldn't cause any performance issues given the lack of cores and the large quantity of memory as it did before?

Thanks
Alex
Alex GreenProject Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you both gentlemen, always a pleasure learning from the pros :-)
Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Lead SaaS Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Hey Alex,  Glad to help :)
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