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04/04/06 Microsoft hastens virtualization support - CNET
"Virtualization, which today generally refers to the ability to run multiple operating systems simultaneously to make a computer more efficient, is a hot area and one where Microsoft lags rivals. Even as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices add virtualization hardware support to make the technology mainstream, market leader VMware is exerting price pressure on Microsoft while the Xen project is giving rival Linux a major lead over Windows. "

AMD Announces Broad Availability Of Its I/O Virtualization Technology Specification
AMD is making this technology available through royalty-free licenses that are designed to encourage its widespread adoption by hardware and software developers. By defining a set of technologies that can be directly built into a computer’s I/O bridges, AMD’s I/O virtualization technology is designed to extend the benefits of CPU-assisted virtualization by addressing the performance bottlenecks and security issues that can be encountered when virtualizing I/O devices in x86-based servers, desktops, and notebook computers

AMD says its virtualisation is good to go - the inquirer
"The firm has struck up alliances with VMware, Xensource and Microsoft to allow virtualisation to work on peoples' machines. Formerly codenamed Pacifica, AMD claims that it will be implemented in both core logic and chipsets for its 64-bit microprocessors this year."

Pros and cons of PC virtualisation - vnunet
"The idea is that a single physical computer simultaneously runs multiple virtual PCs, each with its own operating system. Intel is currently developing a technology for this purpose called Vanderpool, and AMD is doing the same with Pacifica. Both are based on dual- or multi-core CPUs that make it easier to run Windows, Linux, Unix or Solaris side by side but as entirely separate entities that are allocated individual portions of CPU power, memory and hard disk space. "

The OS changes with the hardware hypothetical conversion technology of the CPU - PC Watch
"With the Windows Virtualization, the Microsoft offers with the software which is called the " Windows Hypervisor " as VMM. However, what the Microsoft thinks is not the structure where with just the Hypervisor manages the hypothetical machine. The Microsoft controls with the model which is called the " Monolithic Hypervisor ", building in the driver software on Hypervisor side."

Wider World For Virtual Server - Internet News
"A new version of the server software will appear in beta in the first half of 2006, with the final release scheduled for the second half of the year. That release will use Microsoft's hypervisor technology to support AMD’s Pacifica. Pacifica chip technology is designed to forge virtual partitions that allow multiple operating systems and applications on one computer. "

Intel reveals next steps in virtualisation - the inquirer
"Intel announced VT over a year ago and released the specs about 6 months ago. Not to be outdone, AMD announced Pacifica, which should be out early next year. Now Intel is talking about the next generation shortly before the first one is out, which means AMD will follow with Pacifica2 before Pacifica the elder hits the market. Before you conclude that this is all a marketing game, just remember, there is a substantial amount of good tech here, and VT2 will do a lot of good for VMM developers"

AMD Releases AMD64 Simulator Application
AMD today announced the upcoming availability of SimNow, a high-performance AMD64 simulator that provides software developers with access to features of AMD’s next-generation processor technologies, including AMD’s virtualization technology, code named “Pacifica.” SimNow is designed to enable software developers to emulate single- and
dual-core AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Opteron™ processor-based systems that run commercial operating systems and applications, and to allow them to write and test software in advance of the commercial availability of processors implementing the features.

AMD's Pacifica revealed in full - the inquirer
"First off, let's get the big question out of the way, Pacifica is not directly compatible with Vanderpool in that any program written for VT will not run on a Pacifica CPU. This does not mean that they do not do the same thing in just about the exact same way, they do, but they do not necessarily use the same mnemonics, and have enough differences that they are not binary compatible"

AMD Releases Pacifica Specification For AMD64 Technology
AMD today announced the general availability of the full specification of its virtualization technology, “Pacifica,” at the LinuxWorld Summit. “Pacifica” is designed to enhance 64-bit client and server virtualization technologies for x86-based servers, workstations, desktops and mobile computers.

AMD Update: Pacifica Rises - Linux Business Week
"AMD was supposed to release the Pacifica spec, which involves new instructions, by the end of March but the date has slipped into April. It's supposed to be in desktop, mobile and server chips across-the board in the first half of next year, AMD said, roughly around the time Intel's Vanderpool-enhanced Xeon chips appear. Intel is supposed to have desktop and Itanium chip with Vanderpool later this year."

AMD To Deliver Pacifica' Specification to AMD64 Technology Product Family
By enabling a platform to efficiently run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions, essentially allowing one compute system to function as multiple "virtual" systems, "Pacifica" is designed to provide foundation technologies to deliver IT resource utilization advantages through server consolidation, legacy migration and increased security.

AMD Pacifica Multi-OS Details are Imminent - CNET
"AMD's Pacifica faces competition in Intel's Vanderpool, now officially named Intel Virtualization Technology and due to arrive in processors by the end of the year. Both technologies make it easier to get a server to juggle multiple jobs efficiently. Pacifica is due to arrive in 2006."

AMD set to detail multi-OS plan - CNET
"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"

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