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Sep 27 2013   5:07PM GMT

Word of the Day: hardware emulation

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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is hardware emulation, the use of one hardware device to mimic the function of another hardware device. An administrator must use hardware emulation if he needs to run an unsupported operating system (OS) within a virtual machine (VM). In such a scenario, the virtual machine does not have direct access to server hardware. Instead, an emulation layer directs traffic between physical and virtual hardware. Continued…

Related terms:

ROM emulation
in-circuit emulator
terminal emulation


“One of the big problems with installing an operating system (OS) onto a virtual machine (VM) is that the OS thinks it is installed on physical hardware.” — Brien Posey

Quiz Yourself

If a software program is compiled to run with a particular processor and its set of instructions, the result can be referred to as ______ code.
a. native
b. object

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