By Jakob Engblom
A few week ago, Intel announced the Crystal Forest platform, a new IA-based platform for networking and communications applications. The first Crystal Forest hardware is appearing now, but we have been working with Crystal Forest on Simics for more than a year already.
While we cannot yet talk about the details of the hardware (and in any case, that is more Intel's story to tell, not ours), it is a pretty complex piece of silicon. Crystal Forest is based around Sandy Bridge processors and features hardware acceleration for network and security tasks. It features multicore 64-bit processors with virtualization and the latest iteration of the IA instruction set. All of this is faithfully modeled in Simics.