AMD Pacifica Virtualization Technology

AMD is countering Intel’s "Silvervale" virtualization technology with its own
initiative. "Pacifica" is being internally developed within AMD as an "advanced
virtualization" technology. While Intel has been fairly open about its
technology plans, AMD has taken a more conservative approach.
AMD declined to disclose all of AMD’s competitive response to the Intel
technologies. AMD has its own power management technology that it has installed
in its desktop processors that it will dub its upcoming security technology
"Presidio"—the counterpart to Intel’s LaGrande.

For now, AMD is working with existing virtualization companies such as VMware
and Microsoft to enable software-based virtualization. Instead of the
OS-independent Wake on LAN capability employed by Intel AMT, AMD defined
"manageability" in terms of hardware characteristics—relaying information about
the temperature of a microprocessor or whether a hard drive was about to fail
back to the third-party management software. Williams didn’t rule out following
Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology, leaving it a possible addition for the
future. AMD has yet to present the "right approach to multithreaded
optimization.


AMD is countering Intel’s "Silvervale" virtualization technology with its own
initiative. "Pacifica" is being internally developed within AMD as an "advanced
virtualization" technology. While Intel has been fairly open about its
technology plans, AMD has taken a more conservative approach.
AMD declined to disclose all of AMD’s competitive response to the Intel
technologies. AMD has its own power management technology that it has installed
in its desktop processors that it will dub its upcoming security technology
"Presidio"—the counterpart to Intel’s LaGrande.

For now, AMD is working with existing virtualization companies such as VMware
and Microsoft to enable software-based virtualization. Instead of the
OS-independent Wake on LAN capability employed by Intel AMT, AMD defined
"manageability" in terms of hardware characteristics—relaying information about
the temperature of a microprocessor or whether a hard drive was about to fail
back to the third-party management software. Williams didn’t rule out following
Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology, leaving it a possible addition for the
future. AMD has yet to present the "right approach to multithreaded
optimization.

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