VMware expects to eliminate virtualization overhead in 3 years

Quoting from SearchServerVirtualization:

…VMware is advancing performance by working the hardware and software ecosystem. If you look at hardware assist for virtualization, for example, Intel and AMD have a long-term roadmap for baking in hardware assist into the chips. Before, the x86 processor architecture wasn’t very virtualization-friendly and VMware had to come up with roundabout ways to translate the processor instructions between the software and the hardware.

Then there’s memory virtualization [Ed. note: AMD’s Nested Page Tables and Intel’s Extended Page Tables]. We have high hopes for memory assist. Between CPU, memory and I/O virtualization, in three years’ time, we should be able to eliminate the performance overhead, so that virtual equals native…

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