Hardware-assisted virtualization

Computer simulation, one of the main cross-computing methodologies.

Platform virtualization approach that enables efficient full virtualization using help from hardware capabilities, primarily from the host processors.

- Hardware-assisted virtualization

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Full-system simulator or virtual platform used to run unchanged production binaries of the target hardware.

Simics is built for high performance execution of full-system models, and uses both binary translation and hardware-assisted virtualization to increase simulation speed.

Pentium 4

Series of single-core CPUs for desktops, laptops and entry-level servers manufactured by Intel.

Picture of Pentium 4
Pentium 4 Willamette 1.5 GHz on Socket 423
Pentium 4 Prescott 2.40 GHz on Socket 478
Pentium 4 HT Prescott 3.0 GHz on Socket 478
Pentium 4 Willamette 1.5 GHz boxed
Pentium 4 Willamette 1.5 GHz for Socket 423
Pentium 4 1.5 GHz (Willamette) with Intel 850 chipset
A 'Northwood' core Pentium 4 processor. At left is the die (black square in the center), and at right the heat spreader
Die shot of a Northwood Pentium 4
The 1st Extreme Edition Demoed Computer.
Pentium 4 2.40A – Prescott
Pentium 4 HT 651 3.4 GHz

On November 14, 2005, Intel released Prescott 2M processors with VT (Virtualization Technology, codenamed "Vanderpool") enabled.


AMD's x86 former server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported the AMD64 instruction set architecture .

Opteron 2212
Back of "Magny-Cours" processor (OS6132VAT8EGO)
Quad-core "Barcelona" Opteron
Six-core "Istanbul" Opteron

AMD-V Virtualization

IBM TopView

First object-oriented, multitasking, and windowing, personal computer operating environment for PC DOS developed by IBM, announced in August 1984 and shipped in March 1985.

A typical TopView session

TopView was not updated to make use of the virtual 8086 mode added in the Intel 80386 processors that allowed better virtualization.