Process Manager

Updated: May 06, 2022

The process manager is capable of creating multiple POSIX processes (each of which may contain multiple POSIX threads).

In the QNX Neutrino RTOS, the microkernel is paired with the Process Manager in a single module (procnto). This module is required for all runtime systems. Its main areas of responsibility include:

User processes can access microkernel functions directly via kernel calls and process manager functions by sending messages to procnto. Note that a user process sends a message by invoking the MsgSend*() kernel call.

It's important to note that threads executing within procnto invoke the microkernel in exactly the same way as threads in other processes. The fact that the process manager code and the microkernel share the same process address space doesn't imply a “special” or “private” interface. All threads in the system share the same consistent kernel interface and all perform a privilege switch when invoking the microkernel.