AMD, Red Hat Demo New Virtualization Capabilities with Opteron Processors
Advanced Micro Devices and Red Hat are demonstrating new virtualization capabilities that will allow virtual machines to migrate between servers based on Intel processors and systems using AMD's quad-core Opteron processors. While virtual machines can migrate between physical systems that use the same processors, the Red Hat and AMD demonstration shows that it is possible to move a virtual machine between an AMD-based system and an Intel Xeon-based system.In a demonstration that could have a significant impact on the virtualization market, Advanced Micro Devices and Red Hat have shown that it is possible to live-migrate a virtual machine from a physical server using an Intel processor to a system based on an Opteron chip. Red Hat and AMD, which have partnered for a number of years to develop virtualization technology, posted a video on YouTube Nov. 6 of a virtual machine live migration from a server based on a quad-core Intel Xeon E5420 processor to another machine based on a 65-nanometer AMD Opteron chip. The demonstration also showed the same virtual machines migrating between the server based on the 65-nm Opteron processor and a system using the newer 45-nm "Shanghai" chip.
AMD is expected to release Shanghai in the coming weeks.