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Formal Requirements for Virtualizable Third Generation Architectures – Popek & Goldberg With thanks to Alfred Bratterud for pointing me. Formal Requirements for. Virtualizable Third. Generation Architectures. Gerald J. Popek. University of California, Los Angeles and. Robert P. Goldberg. The Popek and Goldberg virtualization requirements are a set of conditions sufficient for a computer architecture to support system virtualization efficiently. They were introduced by Gerald J. Popek and Robert P. Goldberg in their article “Formal Requirements for Virtualizable Third Generation Architectures”.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The Motorola MC has a single unprivileged sensitive instruction:. Communications of the Requiremenhs. For any conventional third-generation computeran effective VMM may be constructed if the set of sensitive instructions for that computer is a subset of the set of privileged instructions. Does my Hardware Support Virtualization? This model includes a processor that operates in either system or user mode, and has access to linear, fogmal addressable memory.

Popek and Goldberg describe the characteristics that the instruction set architecture ISA of the physical machine must possess in order to run VMMs which possess the above properties. The Morning Paper delivered straight to your inbox. A behaviour sensitive instruction is one whereby the effect of its execution is dependent on the value of the relocation bounds register location in real memory or processor mode. Unfortunately, even on an architecture that meets Popek and Goldberg’s requirements, the performance of a virtual machine can differ significantly from the actual hardware.

This difference will not be important to the proof of our result.

Popek and Goldberg virtualization requirements

The processor can operate in supervisor mode, or in user mode. Optimized Paravirtualization for the Itanium Processor Family”. A control sensitive instruction attempts to change the amount of resource memory available, or change processor mode, without going through a memory trap. The efficiency requirement in Popek and Goldberg’s definition of a VMM concerns only the execution of non-privileged instructions, which must execute natively.


Attempting to reset the R relocation-bounds register is the primary example in our skeletal model. One approach, known as patchingadopts techniques commonly used in dynamic recompilation: Privileged instructions are independent of the virtualization process.

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The allocator decides what system resources are to be provided e. Key to understand whether or not it is possible to virtualize a given piece of hardware is to divide the instructions into groups. All sensitive instructions in the PowerPC instruction set are privileged. Going forward I believe that we should let requirement 1 from Popek-Goldberg go. What is a Virtual Machine? Views Read Edit View history.

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Though of course we need to dig further and understand what is implied by the three words efficientisolatedand duplicate. The PDP architecture has a arvhitectures instructions which are sensitive alter or query the processor’s mode but not privileged. It is assumed that a subset of the instruction set is available only when in system mode and that memory is addressed relative to a relocation register.

What exactly is a virtual machine? In the terminology used in the reference book of Smith and NairVMMs are typically assumed to satisfy the equivalence and resource control properties, and those additionally meeting the performance property are called efficient VMMs. A virtual machine monitor [that satisfies the three properties of efficiency, resource control, and equivalence] may be constructed if the set of sensitive instructions for that computer is a subset of the privileged instructions.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In this model, for simplicity, we have departed slightly from most fr relocation systems by assuming it to be active in the supervisor as well as user mode.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. The location of the control generatiom dispatcher is placed in the program counter at E[1], it directs execution to the allocator or interpreters as needed. A traparchitectrues as the memorytrap above, automatically saves the current state of the machine and passes control to a pre-specified control routine by changing the PSW to the values specified in E[1].

Email required Address never made public. This is the question the vast majority of the paper is dedicated to. Notify me of new posts via email. The aechitectures step is an existence argument i. Merely NOPing the instruction without trapping is insufficient. This additional processing however makes the VMM less efficient in theory, [5] but hardware traps have non-negligible performance cost as well.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. They are merely characteristics of the machine which may be determined from reading the principles of operation.

Adams, Keith; Agesen, Ole October 21—25, Magenheimer and Thomas W. This requires two conditions: This statement rules out traditional emulators and complete software interpreters simulators from the virtual machine umbrella.

A virtual machine monitor VMM does three things: It is in complete control of system resources memory, peripherals, and the like. System virtual machines are capable of virtualizing a full set of hardware resources, including a processor or processorsmemory and storage resources and peripheral devices.

With thanks to Alfred Bratterud for pointing me at this paper.