Hype and virtue


Timothy Roscoe, Kevin Elphinstone and Gernot Heiser

NICTA, Sydney, Australia
UNSW, Australia

    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},
    booktitle        = {Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems},
    month            = {May},
    year             = {2007},
    pages            = {19--24},
    address          = {San Diego, CA, USA}


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