Live migration between CPU vendors demonstrated by AMD and Red Hat

November 11th, 2008 by jason Leave a reply »

Live migration (VMotion in VMware speak) across AMD and Intel processors is a feature we don’t have today and a technology that many would describe as nearly impossible.

The capability could be in your datacenter sooner than you think. Last Thursday, the Inquirer published an article along with a video where Red Hat and AMD demonstrate the process (of course using streaming video and sound to drive home the point of no interruption) proving that it is possible and the technology to do so may not be so far off. The article goes on to explain that not only can live migration occur between CPU vendors, the same or similar technology can be used to live migrate between CPU architectures from the same vendor (ie. AMD Barcelona Opteron <–> AMD Shanghai Opteron).

Take a look at the video:


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  2. Hey, Jason. For a look on why this might not be that useful or safe in the short term make sure to read my take on the subject.