Solaris

Intel's Virtualization for Directed I/O (a.k.a IOMMU) Part 1

IOMMU's or Input/Output Memory Management Unit is a new entrant to the x86 world. This is something which has existed in the risc based systems for quite some time. You can get a brief introduction on the concept of what an IOMMU is all about from the
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOMMU

Basically an IOMMU brokers any DMA request on behalf of an IO device translating IO virtual address much the same way as the processor MMU complex performs translation of a virtual address to physical address.

Sun + Intel + OpenSolaris + 2 Years = The Year of Core

Today is the second anniversary of the Sun and Intel joint agreement to optimize the Solaris operating system for Intel Xeon processors. Like last year, when I wrote this summary of our work, I decided to recap where we are to date.

Like last year’s edition, this is pretty much off the top of my head.

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