Docker container power use

Expected behavior

My fan should mostly not run for simple container workloads

Actual behavior

Activity Monitor shows 130-140 energy impact for the com.docker.xhyve process, my fan won’t stop spinning since I started one container.


  • the output of:
    • pinata diagnose -u on OSX

OS X: version 10.11.4 (build: 15E65) version v1.11.1-beta10
Running diagnostic tests:
[OK] docker-cli
[OK] Moby booted
[OK] driver.amd64-linux
[OK] vmnetd
[OK] osxfs
[OK] db
[OK] slirp
[OK] menubar
[OK] environment
[OK] Docker
[OK] VT-x
Docker logs are being collected into /tmp/20160505-230143.tar.gz
Most specific failure is: No error was detected
Your unique id is: 1C42A688-C65B-44D9-91D6-A63F11324139
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Steps to reproduce the behavior

  1. create a devpi container referencing two filesystem mounts:
    docker create --name devpi --restart=always -v $HOME/Library/Devpi-export:/export -v $HOME/Library/Devpi:/mnt -p 3141:3141 -e DEVPI_PASSWORD=hunter2 docker-devpi-web:latest
  2. start the container:
    docker start devpi
  3. enjoy the sound of my fans