About This Guide

The System Architecture guide accompanies the QNX Neutrino RTOS and is intended for both application developers and end-users.

This guide describes the philosophy of QNX Neutrino and the architecture used to robustly implement the OS. It covers message-passing services, followed by the details of the microkernel, the process manager, resource managers, and other aspects of the OS.

The following table may help you find information quickly:

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OS design goals; message-passing IPC The Philosophy of the QNX Neutrino RTOS
System services The microkernel
Sharing information between processes Interprocess Communication (IPC)
System event monitoring The Instrumented Microkernel
Working on a system with more than one processor Multicore Processing
Memory management, pathname management, etc. Process Manager
Shared objects Dynamic Linking
Device drivers Resource Managers
Image, RAM, Power-Safe, QNX 4, DOS, CD-ROM, Flash, NFS, CIFS, Ext2, and other filesystems Filesystems
Persistent Publish/Subscribe (PPS) PPS
Serial and parallel devices Character I/O
Network subsystem Networking Architecture
Native QNX Neutrino networking Native Networking (Qnet)
TCP/IP implementation TCP/IP Networking
Fault recovery High Availability
Sharing resources among competing processes Adaptive Partitioning
Terms used in QNX Neutrino documentation Glossary

For information about programming, see Getting Started with QNX Neutrino and the QNX Neutrino Programmer's Guide.