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Hypervisor Part 1- What is a Hypervisor and How Does it Work?




May 2016
7 pages
Hypervisor Part 1- What is a Hypervisor and How Does it Work?

A hypervisor allows multiple operating systems to share a CPU (or CPUs, in the case of multicore). While the basis of the technology is half a century old, the applications to embedded systems are new. In this whitepaper, we examine the underlying technology for, and some implementation details of, hypervisors specifically tailored for embedded systems.




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Author
Chris Ault
cault@qnx.com

Chris Ault

Chris Ault is the senior product manager responsible for QNX Software Systems medical software portfolio, including an Operating System compliant with the IEC 62304 standard. Recognized for his software expertise, Chris has written articles for Electronic Design, Embedded Intel Solutions, and Design & Elektronik and presented at events such as the Medical Devices Summit, mHealth, Embedded World, and the Embedded Systems Conference.

Before joining QNX, Chris was a senior product manager focused on virtualization technologies. He has held positions of increasing responsibility with hardware and software vendors, including Ciena, Nortel, Catena Networks, and Liquid Computing.

Chris holds degrees in computer science, electronics, and economics from Algonquin College and Carleton University.


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