This week's Technology Today reveals Intel's next move - giving virus scanners access to GPU's, in an effort to promote longer battery life and improve overall functionality. What does this mean? Read on to find out!
This Will Improve Overall Computer Health
With Intel prepared to allow virus scanners access to GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit), this will relieve CPUs (Central Processing Unit) of being inundated and bogged down. Rick Echevarria, Vice President of Intel's Platform Security Division, stated, 'With Accelerated Memory Scanning, the scanning is handled by Intel’s integrated graphics processor, enabling more scanning, while reducing the impact on performance and power consumption.'
Intel's NEW Threat Detection Technology (TDT), has two features associated with it -
1) Advanced Memory Scanning
In place of perusing the CPU, to see if there is anything of harm, including malware signatures, the scanning is sent to the GPU. Most users don't use their GPU to full capacity, which makes it the perfect offset the load, onto them.
1) Advanced Platform Telemetry
APT, uses processor's integrated performance counters to spot suspect activity. Processors, in nature, monitor mispredictions and populate data - said data can then go to cloud-based systems to conclude to the level of heath a system actually has.
Who Will Have Access
Threat Detection Technology will be available on 6-8th generation processors. This will give an array of machines, the ability to move scanning from the CPU to the GPU - freeing up the CPU to lend better performance to the overall functionality of each machine.
It Takes Two
Intel is not acting alone, they are teaming up with Microsoft - this change will be infused with their Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) by end of April, 2018. In addition to Microsoft, Intel is also working on collabs with other anti-virus vendors; to optimize computer usage, on a larger scale. For instance, their APT will be integrated into Cisco's Tetration in the near future.
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