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Newer page: version 4 Last edited on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 4:56:24 am by AristotlePagaltzis
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-Software that allows you to create a self contained __V__irtual __M__achine inside your real machine, and use it as if it was a real computer
+[VMWare |] is a commercial VirtualMachine that emulates an entire PC in a PC
-Useful for things like running a real version of MicrosoftWindows under Linux instead of WineIsNotanEmulator; to install multiple distributions to test on your nice fast machine without having to stop what you're doing  
+[VMWare] is special in that it makes an unusual assumption to allow for an unusual optimization that allows for unusual performance of emulated code: [VMWare] requires a [PC] to run. Instead of emulating the [CPU] along with the rest of the hardware by interpreting every single MachineCode instruction running in emulation, it runs the code non-emulated on the real hardware [CPU], except for any instructions used by the OperatingSystem or hardware drivers to interact with the machine. Those are trapped and interpreted as required to set up the VirtualMachine smoke and mirrors. The result is that code in emulation runs blazingly fast compared to any competitor. The speed of applications that do not perform much [I/O] may approach that of running unemulated.  
-VMWare is commercial , see You might want to look into Bochs at http://bochs if you want an open-source IA-32 (x86) emulator
+Applications that perform a lot of ''bulk'' [I/O] may even run faster , because they do not require a lot of emulation and can benefit from [Cache]s at the underlying OperatingSystem's level . Inbetween those extremes, emulation is as costly as ever