Cloud platforms and embedded computing - The operating systems of the future

Jan S. Rellermeyer, Seong Won Lee, Michael Kistler

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientificpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


The discussion on how to effectively program embedded systems has often in the past revolved around issues like the ideal instruction set architecture (ISA) or the best operating system. Much of this has been motivated by the inherently resource-constrained nature of embedded devices that mandates efficiency as the primary design principle. In this paper, we advocate a change in the way we see and treat embedded systems. Not only have embedded systems become much more powerful and resources more affordable, we also see a trend towards making embedded devices more consumable, programmable, and customizable by end users. In fact, we see a strong similarity with recent developments in cloud computing. We outline several challenges and opportunities in turning a language runtime system like the Java Virtual Ma- chine into a cloud platform. We focus in particular on sup- port for running multiple tenants concurrently within the platform. Multi-tenant support is essential for efficient re- source utilization in cloud environments but can also improve application performance and overall user experience in embedded environments. We believe that today's modern language runtimes, with extensions to support multi- tenancy, can form the basis for a single continuous platform for emerging embedded applications backed by cloud-based service infrastructures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2013
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450320719
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event50th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2013 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 29 May 20137 Jun 2013


Conference50th Annual Design Automation Conference, DAC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX


  • Platform as a Service
  • Embedded Systems
  • Cloud Computing

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Cloud platforms and embedded computing - The operating systems of the future'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this