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AMD Simfire Open to Interoperability
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Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 10:43

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AMD Monday announced the latest piece of its Trinity desktop management initiative with interoperability testing tools, codenamed Simfire. The tools allow managers to test whether their products meet AMD's DASH (Desktop and Mobile Architecture for System Hardware) standard.

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Simfire is AMD's answer to Intel's vPro platform, the next generation of which, codenamed Weybridge, is due this year. Unlike vPro, however, SIMFIRE is not proprietary to AMD's chips. It's an open source project that any hardware OEM can adopt, royalty free.

DASH, a Web-services-based desktop and mobile client management standard announced last week by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), is the successor to the Alert Standard Format (ASF).

ASF is somewhat limited in that all it could do was remotely power up a computer. DASH is much more versatile, allowing managers to get a better inventory of their computers and getting a more detailed description of the internals of a PC, such as its processor, memory, firmware and BIOS.

Simfire tools will help facilitate the availability of interoperable desktop and notebook computers from multiple vendors as long as they are all using DASH. Vendors can test management applications against their systems.

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