A Survey of Mobile Device Virtualization

Junaid Shuja, Abdullah Gani, Kashif Bilal, Atta Ur Rehman Khan, Sajjad A. Madani, Samee U. Khan, Albert Y. Zomaya
2016 ACM Computing Surveys  
Recent growth in the processing and memory resources of mobile devices has fueled research within the field of mobile virtualization. Mobile virtualization enables multiple persona on a single mobile device by hosting heterogeneous operating systems concurrently. However, adding a virtualization layer to resourceconstrained mobile devices with real-time requirements can lead to intolerable performance overheads. Hardware virtualization extensions that support efficient virtualization have been
more » ... ncorporated in recent mobile processors. Prior to hardware virtualization extensions, virtualization techniques that are enabled by performance prohibitive and resource consuming software were adopted for mobile devices. Moreover, mobile virtualization solutions lack standard procedures for device component sharing and interfacing between multiple operating systems. The objective of this article is to survey software and hardware based mobile virtualization techniques in light of the recent advancements fueled by the hardware support for mobile virtualization. Challenges and issues faced in virtualization of CPU, memory, I/O, interrupt, and network interfaces are highlighted. Moreover, various performance parameters are presented in a detailed comparative analysis to quantify the efficiency of mobile virtualization techniques and solutions.
doi:10.1145/2897164 fatcat:htenyu2vlzfg3dv2czs2mdvi7q