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Intel, AMD: Vmware VMotion about to get more agile!

That is what Intel and AMD think.

According to Tim Mueting, AMD virtualization solutions manager, the company is working with VMware Inc. to help the company take advantage of facilities within AMD's chips to mask differences between CPU generations, and therefore enable the safe live migration of VMs between servers running different AMD processors.

Mueting said he expects the functionality to be available "within a year, but maybe even sooner than that," and will work with Opteron Rev E and Rev F, AMD's forthcoming quad-core "Barcelona" and beyond.

In a similar vein, Intel in June announced a new feature for its forthcoming Xeon processor, code-named Penryn. The feature, called FlexMigration, will enable live migration between different generations of Intel processors.

Intel and AMD's work won't fix VMotion's limitations per se -- it will merely lay the foundation for VMware and others to take advantage of capabilities within the chips to manage differences in instruction sets. Nor are there any efforts underway to enable live migration between Intel and AMD processors.

"Our goal is to create flexibility, based on what [the customers] purchase today, for future generations of Intel processors," said Jake Smith, part of Intel's Advanced Server Technologies team. "We do not do cross-company enablement."


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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




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