Longhorn will enable new Intel processor features

By Derek Sooman on September 8, 2004, 12:59 PM
New Intel processors will have extended security technology built into them that is completely beyond the capacities of today's chips, however the technology will not be available to use until we have the Longhorn OS from Microsoft, it was revealed.

The improved processors will also have better parallelism and will be much more reliable, according to Intel. But again, this will require the software support of Longhorn, as are technologies such as "Vanderpool", which "splits system into several virtual parts that work independently and use the same resources of the PC". These chips will almost certainly be dual-core as well, or multi-core as Intel like us to call them.

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abc said:
Could someone explain to me what "much more reliable" means. The only time I have seen a processor cause stability issues was when it was overclocked.
Nic said:
I think they are talking about reliability in the context of CPU + OS. The new enhancements will make it easier for the OS to operate without tying itself in knots when under heavy load with many processes running. Remember that all OSes are constantly running many threads/processes at all times on a single CPU and that the OS is effectively limited by the instruction set/features available on the CPU. Reliability in terms of stable operation is therefore a function both CPU and OS together. Just my $0.02.
abc said:
That makes more sense now. Thanks for the explanation.
genericuser100 said:
[b]Originally posted by abc:[/b][quote]Could someone explain to me what "much more reliable" means.[/quote]It means Trusted Computing. It is "more reliable" in that the computer will be secure against YOU, the owner. Trusted Computing is designed to hide your encryption keys where it's impossible for you to get at them, that way your computer can enforce Digital Restrictions Managment. It also ensures that you do not "tamper" with anything on your own computer. If you attempt to modify or replace any of the new Trusted-secure software on your machine then the Trust chip prevents you from reading any of the "secure" files, it also reports to other machines on the internet that you are running modified software. For example you will start running into an increasing number of websites that are only viewable on a Trusted computer and only with the approved and unmodified browser. That way the website can ensure that it's advertizing gets displayed, that you can't run a pop-up blocker, that you cannot save a copy of any images or media files, that they can block "deep linking" from other websites, that they can block "file leeching" from other websites, that they can track your identity, that they can enforce any sort of terms of service they like.You can expect to see lots of hype abut the new systems being "secure". What they won't advertize is that the primary design criteria was for your machine to be secure against you. Secure against owner "attack" or "tampering".
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