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 Mar 08, 2005 - 10:00 AM - by Michael
* AMD & Intel on Virtualization

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One of the newer ideas of tech has been "virtualization" - letting the hardware take self-snapshots of the machine for resetting if needed. As it turns out, both AMD and Intel have their own approaches to it.

Running multiple operating systems simultaneously is useful on the servers--indeed it's a standard feature today on mainframes and Unix systems from IBM, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. The different OSes can run separate jobs at full throttle without having one job interfere with another.

But Intel and AMD are among those pushing the technology for machines using their x86 chips, such as Xeon and Athlon. They're betting it will be desirable not just for lower-end servers but also for personal computers.
A nifty idea, but I'm more inclined to think it's not a big desktop-user boost just yet.

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