I will perform a research on this matter to see if Intel has any information as the one that you are looking for.
However, as a note, this feature seems to be more a software level feature.
This is the information that I found regarding your questions:
- Does anyone know where I can find more information/description on the technology or may know what exactly the technology does?
Answer: Intel® does not have any additional publicly available information at this time. Contact a vendor who has a system that support.
- Does it make it possible to change a processor in a mp setup without bringing the system down.
Answer: CPU hot swap is not specifically a feature of Static Hard Partitioning, but an OEM may implement CPU hot swap as a separate capability.
- Does the feature open up the possibility to have multiple OS installations running on the same system, even on the same processor (hardware core pinning)?
Answer: Static Hard Partitioning is not required to run multiple operating systems. This can be done via Virtualization. Static Hard Partitioning does allow Virtualization to be done in a more isolated fashion. For example you could have multiple operating system s on partition 1, different operating systems on partition 2 and problems on one partition will not affect software running on the other partition.
I hope the above information will help you.
Thanks for your replies - very helpfull :-)
It is exactly running virtualization in a more isolated fashion that I am interested in, but so far I only found that Hitachi build a server setup utilizing the feature to implement LPAR on a x86 architecture.