VirtualBox 5.1 promises better multi-CPU performance, wider hardware support

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1, a major new point release of its open-source virtual machine tool for Windows, Mac and Linux. The software enables users to run virtual PCs within a software environment. Version 5.1 comes with the promise of improved performance, improved bug reporting and logging, wider support for different USB devices, multi-channel audio, flash storage emulation and better integration into Linux. Version 5.1’s headline new feature is “significantly” improved performance for multi-CPU virtual machines as well as networking operations. This has been achieved through new Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) and I/O APIC implementations. The new release also… [Continue Reading]

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