LynuxWorks™ (San Jose, CA) has introduced LynxSecure 5.0, a new separation kernel and hypervisor that adds performance increases for fully virtualized guest operating systems (OSes) by utilizing new hardware technologies and offering 64-bit and Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP) guest OS virtualization support. Software virtualization is commonly used on servers in Information Technology (IT) centers to gain a benefits such as equipment consolidation, ease of management, and the support of legacy applications. By implementing a new secure device virtualization mechanism, managed from a secure partition on LynxSecure, limited physical devices can now be virtualized and shared between guest OSes. By using LynxSecure’s policy-driven, inter-partition communication mechanism, the performance and security of the shared devices such as network, USB, HDD and graphics is optimized, bringing the benefits of security and virtualization to resource-limited client systems, such as laptop PCs or embedded devices.
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