Intel VT (Virtualization Technology) definition

What is Intel VT?

Intel VT (Virtualization Technology) is the company's hardware assistance for processors running virtualization platforms.

Intel VT includes a series of extensions for hardware virtualization. The Intel VT-x extensions are probably the best recognized extensions, adding migration, priority and memory handling capabilities to a wide range of Intel processors. By comparison, the VT-d extensions add virtualization support to Intel chipsets that can assign specific I/O devices to specific virtual machines (VM)s, while the VT-c extensions bring better virtualization support to I/O devices such as network switches.

See also: AMD-V

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> Intel offers more explanation on the Intel VT pages.

This was first published in October 2009

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