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Xen Automotive: Bringing Virtualization To Cars

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Published on 29 March 2014 01:15 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization
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Linux within cars was a big topic at this week's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley. Besides Intel talking up Tizen IVI, Xen Automotive is the work being done for using Xen virtualization on ARM hardware within automobiles.

Virtualization is coming to the computer systems within cars for isolation/security purposes and abstracting out driver differences between platforms. The Xen hypervisor in recent versions is running well on ARM and is "perfectly fit for embedded applications." There's ARM HVM support with Xen 4.3 while NVIDIA/Samsung have made experimental ARM para-virtualization support. A Xen branch for automotive applications is working on support for guest OS support that includes Android, QNX, Autosar, Ubuntu, Genivi Linux, Tizen, and Yocto platforms.

Those interested in Linux IVI applications or Xen in the automotive environment can see the PDF slides by GlobalLogic's Alex Agizim.

Another Xen session held this week at the summit in Napa covered Xen 4.4's features and other new features coming down the pipeline that are rather exciting.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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