I mentioned the other day I needed to do some more research on AMD processors to use in a home lab so I was looking at the AMD blog and website. I found a post which plugs the latest version of Xen (and AMD processors) and saw thay had a link to the original Xen paper, Xen and the Art of Virtualisation http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/srg/netos/papers/2003-xensosp.pdf. I like to read these academic papers, even the old ones. It helps to know where you’re going if you know where you’ve come from.
I also added to my reading list “Virtualisation for Dummies” which I also found on the AMD site. This is written and published by AMD so that has to be taken into consideration (did “Dummies” sell the rights to their format or something?). First glance looks good though and I will write some more feedback after I’ve read it. http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/Virt_for_Dummies.pdf. In an environment where I may have to explain virtualisation to “the business” I hope to find something useful in there.
It’s hardly worth saying AMD have just brought out new processors because they (and Intel and others) are doing it all the time. For my own reference (well and yours too) a good comparison page is http://products.amd.com/en-us/desktopcpuresult.aspx?f1=&f2=&f3=&f4=&f5=AM3&f6=&f7=&f8=&f9=&f10=&f11=&f12=True&f13=Active or http://products.amd.com/en-us/OpteronCPUResult.aspx?f1=AMD+Opteron%E2%84%A2+6100+Series+Processor for more server oriented chips. Fiddle around with those URLs and pages to get what you want.
I also regularly read “The register” http://www.theregister.co.uk/. Not only because it is a good source of information but it often makes me laugh out loud. They also published a “Virtualisation primer” today so I hope I get time to read that over the weekend too (DIY notwithstanding)…