Tuesday, February 1, 2005


Vanderpool = wonderful?

Moore's law has blocked the CPU at 4Ghz  so Intel is working at other approaches to give more bang for the buck. After hyper-threading it's time for Vanderpool.

Intel's Virtualization enhanced by Vanderpool will allow a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions. With virtualization, one compute system can function as multiple "virtual" systems. Very mainframe like. I can see the use for it on server systems as long as the rest of the hardware structure is upgraded as well to support "virtual" systems so you can hot plug all parts of a system with 0 down time.

Things have definitely moved ahead since I did some serious low level assembler work. I remember using the AX, BX, CX and the DX registers,  but the RIP flag in the (preliminary) Virtual Machine Control Structure specs is new to me.


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