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Re: Mach emulation

From: Gernot Heiser
Subject: Re: Mach emulation
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 14:55:54 +1100

On Wed, 15 Nov 2000 12:28:56 +0900, OKUJI Yoshinori <address@hidden> wrote,

okuji> > Would it be safe to assume that a multiprocessor ukernel multiplexes
okuji> > kernel-level threads to the available processors transparently?
okuji>   As far as I see L4/Alpha, that isn't.

You're right. The principle of separation of policy and mechanisms
requires that the kernel is free of policies (such as load

It's also required for efficiency. Running a thread on the "wrong"
processor is costly (cache coherency) and migrating is expensive
(cold caches).

I've used that to start an L4 FAQ -


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