The Research Hypervisor from IBM research has been developed over the last 3 years to validate virtualization features in new hardware architectures and to study fundamental research issues in virtualization. For example, the Research Hypervisor has been used:
* to validate features developed for new processors like the Cell.
* to study future architecture ideas and functions for the high performance computing community within the PERCS project for DARPA.
* to study security in the context of virtualization within the sHype project.
The Research Hypervisor was designed from the start to be multi-platform, and today supports both the Power and x86 architectures. On Power, it conforms to the interfaces used by Linux running on IBM's commercial POWER Hyper