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Intel is offloading virus scanning to its GPUs

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Intel’s Threat Detection Technology will be available on 6th, 7th, and 8th generation Intel processors, allowing a variety of machines to take advantage of moving some virus scanning activity to the GPU instead of the CPU. Virus scanners currently use the CPU to detect against memory-based attacks, but a machine takes a performance hit as a result. Intel hopes by moving this way from the CPU that performance and power consumption will improve, as typical machines do not fully utilize onboard graphics cards most of the time. “Early benchmarking on Intel test systems show CPU utilization dropped from 20 percent to as little as 2 percent.”

MICROSOFT IS THE FIRST TO SUPPORT INTEL’S NEW CHANGES

Intel is partnering with Microsoft to support this initially, with the change coming to Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) this month. Intel is also working with other antivirus vendors so others can take advantage of this silicon-level change.

Intel is offloading virus scanning to its GPUs to improve performance and battery life
 
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