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CentOS 6 very slow with Vagrant

I use Vagrant to test almost everything. But since I upgraded to VirtuabBox 4.2.x and CentOS 6 as guess OS, I had the impression that everything was slower... and I get use to it... But this week-end while preparing selinux policies for Percona XtraDB Cluster, I noticed that it was really slow.... really really very very slooooow :'-( And I found the reason ! I first tried to add some kernel parameters like :
noacpi 
noapic 
divider=10 
notsc
But that didn't help. Then I just enabled IO APIC on the VM's configuration and it worked much faster ! The boot of the machine was faster and in my case loading selinux policies too ! Have a look to the difference: Without IO APIC:
[root@node2 ~]# time semodule -i percona-xtradb-cluster-full.pp

real	6m3.646s
user	1m34.430s
sys	3m42.805s
With IO APIC:
[root@node2 ~]# time semodule -i percona-xtradb-cluster-full.pp

real	0m14.611s
user	0m13.829s
sys	0m0.769s
To enable IO APIC from Vagrant, these are the parameters to use in your Vagrantfile:
config.vm.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", "256", "--ioapic", "on"]