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Object-oriented wrappers for the Linux kernel

Janakiram, D., Gunnam, Ashok, Suneetha, N., Rajani, Vineet, Reddy, K. Vinay Kumar (2008) Object-oriented wrappers for the Linux kernel. Journal of Software: Practice and Experience., 38 (13). pp. 1411-1427. E-ISSN 1097-024X. (doi:10.1002/spe.879) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:90521)

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Linux is an open-source operating system, which has increased in its popularity and size since its birth. Various studies have been conducted in literature on the evolution of the Linux kernel, which have shown that there are considerable maintenance problems arising out of the coupling issues in the Linux kernel and this may hamper the evolution of the kernel in future. We propose an object-oriented (OO) wrapper-based approach to Linux kernel to provide OO abstractions to external modules. As the major growth of the size of the Linux kernel is in device drivers, our approach provides substantial benefits in terms of developing the device drivers in C++, although the kernel is in C. Providing reusability and extensibility features to device drivers improves the maintainability of the kernel. The OO wrappers provide several benefits to module developers in terms of understandability, development ease, support for OO modules, etc. The design and implementation of C++ wrappers for Linux kernel and the performance of a device driver re-engineered in C++ are presented in this paper.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/spe.879
Uncontrolled keywords: Linux kernel; API; object orientation; wrappers; device drivers
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.76 Computer software
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Amy Boaler
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 14:11 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:27 UTC
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Rajani, Vineet.

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