Intel Released Vanderpool Technology External Architecture Specs

Intel is accelerating its broad industry efforts to deliver enhanced virtualization capabilities — codenamed Vanderpool — for Intel®-based clients and servers. The company has released its preliminary Vanderpool Technology External Architecture Specifications (EAS) to facilitate industry design collaboration and advance the pace and breadth of advancements in virtualization. While expected in Itanium-based platforms this year, Intel now also plans to offer Vanderpool Technology in future desktop processor and chipset products in 2005, a year earlier than previously planned.The EAS and Intel’s efforts to work with the software community to develop enhanced virtualization solutions — including current ongoing efforts to develop the first Vanderpool Technology-enabled virtual machine monitor applications — are currently expected to result in initial systems incorporating Vanderpool Technology later this year and broader growth through 2006.

Intel is accelerating its broad industry efforts to deliver enhanced
virtualization capabilities — codenamed Vanderpool — for Intel®-based clients
and servers. The company has released its preliminary Vanderpool Technology
External Architecture Specifications (EAS) to facilitate industry design
collaboration and advance the pace and breadth of advancements in
virtualization.

Virtualization allows a platform to run multiple operating systems and
applications in independent partitions or "containers." One physical compute
system can function as multiple "virtual" systems. Vanderpool Technology can
help improve future virtualization solutions.

Intel’s virtualization technology is part of a collection of premier Intel
silicon technologies that are expected to enable new computing benefits for home
and business users, and IT managers. Other technologies available today in
various platforms and market segments include Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
and Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology. Intel also has plans underway for
Intel® Active Management technology and LaGrande technology that focus on system
management and safer computing respectively.

The Vanderpool Technology specifications, found at www.intel.com/technology/vt,
provide technology overviews and guidance to software developers who are
designing virtualization solutions for both IA-32 and Intel® Itanium®-based
processor platforms.

While expected in Itanium-based platforms this year, Intel now also plans to
offer Vanderpool Technology in future desktop processor and chipset products in
2005, a year earlier than previously planned.

Intel has been working with several of the industry’s leading software vendors
to solicit input on the technology, and also to jointly speed the delivery of
virtualization to the marketplace. The EAS and Intel’s efforts to work with the
software community to develop enhanced virtualization solutions — including
current ongoing efforts to develop the first Vanderpool Technology-enabled
virtual machine monitor applications — are currently expected to result in
initial systems incorporating Vanderpool Technology later this year and broader
growth through 2006.

"There is little doubt across the industry that the potential benefits and
applications of virtualization for businesses and consumers are significant,"
said William A. Swope, Intel corporate vice president and co-general manager of
the Software and Solutions Group. "Our work with the software community around
Vanderpool is an important step in helping to drive improvements to the
reliability and resilience of enterprise servers, potentially reducing total
cost of ownership and enabling exciting future uses for the digital home."

Using Vanderpool Technology in the digital office and enterprise, businesses may
be able to isolate a portion of a managed PC to perform system upgrades and
maintenance without interrupting the end-user. IT managers could create one
desktop PC software "build" that could function independently as both a business
and personal system, helping to keep software loads separate. They could also
create systems that run different operating systems and software for different
tasks or legacy applications. Additionally, Vanderpool Technology-enhanced
virtualization can potentially provide IT advantages through server
consolidation, legacy migration and security benefits.

In the future, home users may be able to create virtual "partitions" isolating
multiple user environments such as dedicating resources to a PC game,
productivity, and personal video recorder-type environments.

Additionally, as Intel transitions to multi-core platforms, software designers
and system-makers could use Vanderpool technology-based partitions and extra
processing cores to create unique combinations within a server and/or PC for
specialized use.

More details of solutions based on Intel’s Vanderpool Technology solutions will
be disclosed at Intel Developer Forum, March 1-3 in San Francisco.

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