Association for Computing Machinery
ACM Transactions on Computing Education
We present Xipx, the first port of a major educational operating system to a processor in the emerging class of many-core architectures. Through extensions to the proven Embedded Xinu operating system, Xipx gives students hands-on experience with system programming in a distributed message-passing environment. We expose the software primitives needed to maintain coherency between many cores in a system lacking specialized caching hardware. Our proposed series of laboratory assignments adds parallel thread execution and inter-core message passing communication to a well-established OS curriculum.
Ziwisky, Michael W.; Persohn, Kyle; and Brylow, Dennis, "A Down-to-Earth Educational Operating System for Up-in-the-Cloud Many-Core Architectures" (2013). Computer Science Faculty Research and Publications. 9.