AMD announced today that its quad-core Barcelona Opteron processor will feature enhancements to speed up virtualization.
Virtualization, a hot subject today as companies try to make servers more efficient, lets a single server run multiple operating systems. But virtualization software called a hypervisor, which oversees the operating system access to the hardware, poses performance problems compared to operating systems running on their own.
Barcelona has specific features to deal with some of those performance issues, Ben Sander, a principal member of AMD's technical design staff, said in a speech Tuesday at the Fall Processor Forum here.
This processor is expected in mid-2007. More details over here.