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Instruction set virtualization is a processor virtualization technique that enables emulation of the instruction set of one processor on a different processor. It allows the running or emulating of the instruction set architectures of different processors among each other – delivered as a virtualization layer.
Instruction set virtualization enables the running of applications and virtual machines designed for one processor to run on other processors with different instruction set architectures. Infrastructure set virtualization emulates the entire system so that an application would be able to boot up and execute on multiple processors and operating systems. Typically, instruction set virtualization is delivered through a software framework that has the essential compiler, assembler and other software libraries essential for emulating different instruction set architectures.