Trustworthy Systems

Low-overhead virtualization of mobile systems


Gernot Heiser

    School of Computer Science and Engineering
    Sydney 2052, Australia


Invited talk at International Conference on Compilers
Architecture and Synthesis for Embedded Systems (CASES)


Mobile platforms are becoming as powerful as PCs were not too long ago. The complexity of their software stacks also starts rivalling those of PCs, and increasingly they run operating systems which originated in the desktop world. It should therefore not be too surprising that another phenomenon familiar from the server and desktop world, virtualization, is taking a foothold in mobile platforms.

The talk will outline the motivation for using virtualization on mobile devices, especially smartphones. These mostly relate to efficient use and management of hardware resources, cost and security issues. We will also discuss the overheads imposed by a high-performance hypervisor.

BibTeX Entry

    howpublished     = {Invited talk at International Conference on Compilers, Architecture and Synthesis for Embedded
                        Systems (CASES), Taipei, Taiwan},
    month            = oct,
    author           = {Gernot Heiser},
    title            = {Low-Overhead Virtualization of Mobile Systems},
    year             = {2011}