Processor virtualization for secure mobile terminals

Hiroaki Inoue*, Junji Sakai, Masato Edahiro

*Corresponding author for this work

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We propose a processor virtualization architecture, VIRTUS, to provide a dedicated domain for preinstalled applications and virtualized domains for downloaded native applications. With it, security-oriented next-generation mobile terminals can provide any number of domains for native applications. VIRTUS features three new technologies, namely, VMM asymmetrization, dynamic interdomain communication (IDC), and virtualization-assist logic, and it is first in the world to virtualize an ARM-based multiprocessor. Evaluations have shown that VMM asymmetrization results in significantly less performance degradation and LOC increase than do other VMMs. Further, dynamic IDC overhead is low enough, and virtualization-assist logic can be implemented in a sufficiently small area.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Multiprocessor
  • Processor virtualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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