What is KVM?


A Kernel-based Virtual Machine is an open source virtualisation for the Linux kernel distributions.

The KVM was merged into the Linux kernel mainline in kernel version 2.6.20, with the use of a type-two hypervisor. It has also been ported to FreeBSD and illumos, activated in the form of loadable kernel modules.

In order for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine to work, it requires a processor with hardware virtualisation extensions.

Want to know who KVM was invented by? See next page.

Name of Technology:

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

Year Introduced:


Invented by :

Open Virtualization Alliance

Open Source or Proprietary:

Open Source

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