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3Leaf Systems Gets Intel License for CPU Virtualization

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3Leaf Systems today announced it has obtained a license for Intel's QuickPath Interconnect, which will allow it to build virtualization support for Intel servers. Previously, the company only had a HyperTransport (define) license and only supported AMD servers.

3Leaf uses a direct communication network between server CPUs so data does not have to go over an Ethernet or Fibre Channel connection. The company makes special virtualization processors for the motherboard to virtualize the CPUs, memory and I/O of the entire datacenter.

The 3Leaf technology breaks down the physical walls of x86 servers and makes their resources available, as needed, across the datacenter. One of the problems in datacenters is one group of servers dedicated to a task might be running at five percent utilization, while another group is maxed out and needs more CPU cycles and more memory.

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The solution is an unusual one: a chip to handle the load balancing that goes into the processor socket. So instead of an Opteron or Xeon on the motherboard socket, a 3Leaf processor goes in its place. A PCI Express card isn't an option, as the bus is not fast enough.

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It will be a while before you can get one of these chips, however. The AMD-based 3Leaf processor is planned for the first half of 2009 while the Intel one is planned for the first half of 2010.

Read the entire article from InternetNews, here.

Published Monday, March 31, 2008 5:52 AM by David Marshall
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