Intel To Use Virus Scanning For Better Functionality And Battery Usage

April 18th, 2018
Intel To Use Virus Scanning For Better Functionality And Battery Usage


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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