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== Definition ==
A '''hypervisor''' (also called '''virtual machine monitor''' ('''VMM''')) allows multiple [[operating system]]s to [[run]] [[concurrent]]ly on a [[host computer]] — a feature called [[hardware virtualization]]. The hypervisor presents the guest [[operating system]]s with a [[virtual platform]] and [[monitor]]s the execution of the guest [[operating system]]s. In that way, multiple [[operating system]]s, including multiple instances of the same [[operating system]], can share [[hardware resource]]s.
 
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A '''hypervisor''' (also called '''virtual machine monitor''' ('''VMM''')) allows multiple [[operating system]]s to [[run]] [[concurrent]]ly on a [[host computer]] — a feature called [[hardware virtualization]].
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The hypervisor presents the guest [[operating system]]s with a [[virtual platform]] and [[monitor]]s the execution of the guest [[operating system]]s. In that way, multiple [[operating system]]s, including multiple instances of the same [[operating system]], can share [[hardware resource]]s.
   
   
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Revision as of 02:00, 27 November 2010

Definition

A hypervisor (also called virtual machine monitor (VMM)) allows multiple operating systems to run concurrently on a host computer — a feature called hardware virtualization.

Overview

The hypervisor presents the guest operating systems with a virtual platform and monitors the execution of the guest operating systems. In that way, multiple operating systems, including multiple instances of the same operating system, can share hardware resources.


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