Intel to Allow Antivirus Engines to Use Integrated GPUs for Malware Scanning

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  1. silversurfer

    silversurfer Malware Tester Silver Member

    Intel announced yesterday at the RSA 2018 security conference several new security-focused technologies, among which is a feature that will let security products offload virus scanning operations to integrated graphics processors embedded with some Intel CPUs.

    The name of this new technology is Intel Accelerated Memory Scanning. Intel says it developed this new capability to allow antivirus engines to cut down on CPU utilization, freeing up resources for other apps but also saving battery life by using embedded GPUs, when present.

    Currently, all modern security software uses a computer's CPU to scan the local filesystem for malware, a process known to be extremely taxing on local CPU and memory resources.

    "Early benchmarking on Intel test systems show CPU utilization dropped from 20 percent to as little as 2 percent," Intel vice president Rick Echevarria said in a press release.

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