SMP Virtualization Performance Evaluation
Source: George Mason University
Virtualization is a technology used to partition the resources of a physical computer into Virtual Machines (VMs). This is often done with the intent of increasing the utilization of a physical computer used to host VMs. Many workloads use only a part of a physical host's resources, but must run in a dedicated OS because of system management or security requirements. These types of workloads can be encapsulated in a VM, and multiple VMs can run on a single physical host.