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Intel, Virtualization Technology and the OSS Community

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At the January 2006 Xen Summit, Intel was noted as the #2 contributor of code to the Xen community—second only to project founders Cambridge University.

Quoting from Intel.com

Intel is actively enabling virtualization for Open Source Software (OSS), working with leading vendors and introducing hardware-based virtualization—driving broad new uses and generating significant IT savings.

The concept of “virtualizing” a computer’s physical resources for improved sharing and utilization isn’t new; it’s been well known for decades. Yet before the advent of modern virtualization technology, the process required either tedious modification of source code (“para-virtualization”) or sophisticated binary translations.

Today, advanced virtualization enhanced by Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) allows a single computing platform to efficiently run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions, including systems running Open Source Software (OSS) such as Linux*, and Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) software applications from providers such as VMWare and Xen.

Intel® Virtualization Technology is a set of silicon-based features available from Intel® server, desktop, and mobile processors that complement software-based virtualization technologies to add greater manageability, security, and hardware utilization to the enterprise. With processor and I/O enhancements to Intel’s various platforms, Intel Virtualization Technology can improve the robustness and performance of software-only virtual-machine solutions. Together with Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T), it’s part of Intel’s Digital Office Professional Platform and multi-core strategy.

Once confined to higher-end server and mainframe systems, virtualization is quickly becoming more broadly available and supported in off-the-shelf systems based on Intel® architecture hardware.

As an industry leader in virtualization technology, Intel is:

  • Actively enabling virtualization for OSS
  • Working with leading VMM vendors to optimize and accelerate VT products
  • Launching hardware-based virtualization

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Thanks to Richard Cardona for the news.

Published Saturday, June 10, 2006 11:02 AM by David Marshall
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