Testing Embedded Systems Software using Open Source Virtual Platforms

A. Bastoni, P. Boschi, F. Batino, C. Di Biagio, and L. Recchia (Italy)


Virtualization, testing, embedded systems


This paper studies the use of open source virtualization systems to perform functional testing of embedded systems software directly on developer machines. Problems related to software testing on embedded platforms are analyzed and an open source virtual target platform architecture is presented. A development process is devised to extend the standard emulated device set of virtualization solutions to include speciļ¬c-purpose virtual devices. A prototype implementation of the proposed architecture is presented and functional as well as performance issues are analyzed.

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