Laptop vs Hyper-V

Image by Engin_Akyurt from Pixabay

As a way of checking that the stuff I’m posting on GitHub, I’ve been downloading them onto a laptop and testing them.

The laptop is a seven year old Toshiba that was re-purposed from Windows to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the same version as I’m running in a Hyper-V session on my main development PC.

Although the laptop is older and only running an i3 chip, it still outperforms the game code running under Hyper-V code on my five year old i7-5930K PC.  I think the difference is purely because the GPU code is run in a software layer not on the real GPU. But I might be wrong.

When I tested it with 255 asteroids on screen the laptop still maintained 60 fps but the Hyper-V running version dropped below 60 fps once there were 125 asteroids on screen. I have a suspicion that C code that isn’t calling any SDL routines would run faster under Hyper-V because it’s virtualised.

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