Preemptible, realtime, 2nd-generation microkernel, fast, maintainable, readable, supports hard priorities, uses non-blocking synchronization for kernel objects to guarantee priority inheritance, ensure runnable high-priority processes never block waiting for lower ones; rework of L4 interface. [Open Source, GPL]
Lean, with fast, message-based, synchronous IPC, simply-used external paging mechanisms, security mechanism based on secure domains: tasks, clans, chiefs. Kernels try to implement only a minimal set of abstractions on which OSs can be built flexibly. L3 has system-wide persistence.
L4-based microkernel systems, for embedded systems to huge servers. L4: a tiny, fast, second generation microkernel using hierarchical external pagers and guarded page tables. Goals: create, prove, establish new methodology for systems that helps manage growing complexity and minimizes legacy dependence.
The L4Ka microkernel is an L4 compatible kernel running on many platforms: ARM; MIPS; 68k, PPC; x86. A port of Linux atop an L4Ka microkernel exists.
L4/MIPS: stable L4 for MIPS R4x00 processor, may be fastest kernel for this architecture. L4/Alpha: begun at Technical University of Dresden, SMP version released. Linux ports: L4/MIPS, L4/Alpha underway.
Goal: address the complexity of building and maintaining a variety of custom OSs. As embedded and personal systems grow more common, the need to make OSs customized to many device and application needs rises. At IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.
Porting the Hurd to the L4 microkernel. News, plans, pointers to mailing lists and websites.
Orthogonally persistent, capability-based secure SASOS using L4 2nd generation microkernel. Goals: Prove SASOSs can run on normal hardware, be as secure as normal OSs; can be as efficient as, and are faster than, normal OSs in some important uses; can be pure SASOSs with all data (even system data) in one address space and no other IPC mechanism is supported by OS. POSIX emulating. [Open Source, GPL]
A secure platform for applications that use digital signatures. Based on L4 and Linux. Research project at Applied Data Security Group, Ruhr-University Bochum., Germany.
L4 and Linux based research project aiming at the support of applications with Quality of Service requirements. At TU Dresden.