Virtual machine interface
Virtual Machine Interface is also the name given by VMware to the proposed open standard protocol that guest operating systems can use to communicate with the hypervisor of a virtual machine. An implementation of this standard was merged in the main Linux kernel version 2.6.21. A number of popular GNU/Linux distributions now ship with VMI support enabled by default. Since newer AMD and Intel CPUs allow for more efficient virtualization, VMI is being obsoleted and VMI support will be removed from Linux kernel in 2.6.37 and from VMware products in 2010–2011 timeframe .
- Official web site for the VMI communication protocol
- Transparent Paravirtualisation – VMware Inc
- x86, vmi: Mark VMI deprecated and schedule it for removal
- Support for guest OS paravirtualization using VMware VMI to be retired from new products in 2010–2011
- The VMI virtualization interface – article in lwn.net
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