Intel and AMD struggle to be first with Virtualisation

By Derek Sooman on February 7, 2006, 12:30 PM
Virtualisation is becoming big, and Intel and AMD have locked horns over the issue, both trying to be the first to get their hardware support for virtualisation to market. Virtualisation, a technology that lets computers run multiple operating systems simultaneously, is soon to hit the mainstream. Intel claims that its Virtualisation technology is ready for testing, and is about three months away from prime time. AMD, on the other hand, claims that its rival Pacifica technology won't debut in processors until half way through this year, but is trying desperately to catch up. The company is trying to set its own technology as a standard for virtualisation of computer communications, and both companies are seeking the advantage in the strategic virtualisation area.

"We feel we're at critical mass in terms of having both software and computer maker support far enough along that IT departments can start to evaluate the technology," Lorie Wigle, director of marketing for Intel's Server Platforms Group, said. "We're at the stage where people should start their pilot with a notion of moving to production in a quarter or so."

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Race said:
Aside from Intel and AMD, there are a lot of 'players' competing for an edge in the VT arena, and this is exciting stuff.Even though it's been available for the high-end market for some time, the fact it's now becoming available for consumer-level servers means new levels of productivity and efficiency. I found certain aspects of the technology, such as VM's VMotion and SWsoft's Zero Downtime Migration, which allows the transfer of operating systems between computers while they are running, to be particularly interesting.
MonkeyMan said:
Well, this is very interesting indeed. I can't wait until this new virtualization thing is released, running two operating systems at once, is something I would love to do. And it sounds very beneficial also.
Need_a_Dell said:'s Definition: Virtualisation is the process of presenting a logical grouping of computing resources so that they can be accessed in ways that give benefits over the original configuration. This new virtual view of the resources is not restricted by the implementation, geographic location or the physical configuration of underlying resources. Commonly virtualized resources include computing power and data storage.TechSpot's Definition:Virtualisation, a technology that lets computers run multiple operating systems simultaneously, is soon to hit the mainstream.My Definition:The idea of virtualisation sounds excellent according to TechSpot's def seems a little bit useless on the other hand. While it may not be wrong, what is the modern world applicable reason for wanting to run multiple OSes on one PC? This seems like a completely useless feature, and anybody that can tell me a realistic reason for a home user to have this will have a congrats in order.
nathanskywalker said:
So intel strikes back. Wow, simultaneous operating systmes? This could realy change the game. Imagine being able to mix the pros with the pros and leave most of the cons out!!! This could be a step towards thawrting hackers...thought it will also give them advantages.
AeonXX said:
While it sounds interesting, I donít particularly see this as being immediately useful to home users. If I were to develop programs from source code that might be cross-platform, and I wanted to test the executables quickly, it may pique my interest. However, even that doesnít seem like reason enough to pay extra for the technology. I think a better idea would be to develop a JIT (Just-In-Time) compiler that understands all similar modern programming languages and create useable applications that are platform independent. I thought someone was already working on that solution, but I havenít heard anything about it in a long time.
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