Most everyone is familiar with virtualization when it comes to operating systems. However, what about the idea of virtualizing the WiFi adpater card, thus turning one piece of hardware into virtually an unlimited number of WiFi radios? According to Long Zheng, the idea of Virtual WiFi was first explored by Microsoft Research and is now an official feature of Windows 7. To make this feature work, WLAN vendors will be required to add these new features to their existing drivers. To be Windows 7 logo certified, all WLAN vendors must support the Virtual WiFi functionality.
Long has a lot more on this new feature and explores the possibilities in more depth.