A study on asymmetric operating systems on symmetric multiprocessors

Yu Murata*, Wataru Kanda, Kcnsuke Hanaoka, Hiroo Ishikawa, Tatsuo Nakajima

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This paper proposes a technique to achieve asymmetric multiple OSes environment for symmetric multiprocessors. The system has a host OS and guest OSes: L4 microkernel and their servers run as the host OS, and modified Linux runs as the guest OS. OS manager which is one of the servers on the host OS manages the guest OSes. Our approach avoids a lot of execution overheads and modification costs of the guest OSes because the each OS can control hardware directly without any virtualization. The results of the evaluation show that our system is much better than the existing virtual machine systems in point of the performance. In addition, a guest OS in our system requires a few amount of modification costs. Consequently, the experiments prove that our system is a practical approach for both performance and engineering cost sensitive systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbedded and Ubiquitous Computing - International Conference, EUC 2007, Proceedings
EditorsTei-Wei Kuo, Tei-Wei Kuo, Tei-Wei Kuo, Edwin Sha, Edwin Sha, Edwin Sha, Minyi Guo, Minyi Guo, Minyi Guo, Laurence T. Yang, Laurence T. Yang, Laurence T. Yang, Zili Shao, Zili Shao, Zili Shao
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540770916
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventIFIB International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2007 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2007 Dec 172007 Dec 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4808 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceIFIB International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, EUC 2007
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • InterOS communications
  • InterProcessor interrupts
  • Multiple oSes environment
  • Operating systems
  • Symmetric multiprocessors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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