Software Systems

Hype and virtue


Timothy Roscoe, Kevin Elphinstone and Gernot Heiser

    Open Kernel Labs, Sydney, Australia


In this paper, we question whether hypervisors are reall acting as a disruptive force in OS research, instead argu ing that they have so far changed very little at a techni cal level. Essentially, we have retained the conventiona Unix-like OS interface and added a new ABI based on PC hardware which is highly unsuitable for most purposes Despite commercial excitement, focus on hypervisor de sign may be leading OS research astray. However, adopt ing a different approach to virtualization and recognizin its value to academic research holds the prospect of open ing up kernel research to new directions.

BibTeX Entry

    author           = {Timothy Roscoe and Kevin Elphinstone and Gernot Heiser},
    title            = {Hype and Virtue},
    month            = {may},
    year             = {2007},
    booktitle        = {Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems},
    pages            = {19--24},
    address          = {San Diego, CA, USA}