Resource Managers

To give the QNX Neutrino RTOS a great degree of flexibility, to minimize the runtime memory requirements of the final system, and to cope with the wide variety of devices that may be found in a custom embedded system, the OS allows user-written processes to act as resource managers that can be started and stopped dynamically.

Resource managers are typically responsible for presenting an interface to various types of devices. This may involve managing actual hardware devices (like serial ports, parallel ports, network cards, and disk drives) or virtual devices (like /dev/null, a network filesystem, and pseudo-ttys).

In other operating systems, this functionality is traditionally associated with device drivers. But unlike device drivers, resource managers don't require any special arrangements with the kernel. In fact, a resource manager looks just like any other user-level program.