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VirtualBox Gets OpenGL Acceleration Support

Virtualization

Published on 17 December 2008 08:29 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization
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Sun Microsystems has announced the release this morning of VirtualBox 2.1 with several enticing additions. VirtualBox 2.1 introduces support for hardware virtualization (through Intel VT and AMD's AMD-V) on Mac OS X host systems, support for 64-bit guest operating systems on 32-bit host systems, support for Intel Nehalem (Core i7) virtualization enhancements, full VMDK/VHD support, a new NAT engine, and new Host Interface Networking implementations on Linux and Windows. Perhaps though one of the most exciting changes in VirtualBox 2.1 is initial support for OpenGL acceleration on the guest operating systems.

The hardware-accelerated OpenGL support is deemed experimental in VirtualBox 2.1. OpenGL support is only exposed to Windows XP and Windows Vista 32-bit guests at this time, but support for other platforms is expected in the future. Additionally, Sun Microsystems also has plans for supporting DirectX acceleration of guest operating systems in a future release. All the guest OS needs to do is install an OpenGL driver for what is recognized as a virtual hardware device that in turn communicates with the host's GPU.

The new Intel Core i7 features supported in VirtualBox 2.1 are for Extended Page Tables (EPT) and Virtual Processor Identifiers (VPI) functions.

Several other changes have also been made in VirtualBox 2.1 including support for up to eight network devices per virtual machine, a few API changes, improved performance in different areas, GUI fixes, and enhanced ATAPI pass-through support.

The complete change-log for VirtualBox 2.1 (along with download links) can be found at VirtualBox.org. With Sun now focusing upon hardware 3D acceleration in guest VMs through VirtualBox and VMware recently acquiring Tungsten Graphics, times are certainly interesting in the world of virtualization.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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