Selective segment initialization: Exploiting NVRAM to reduce device startup latency

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We propose selective segment initialization (SSI) to exploit NVRAM to reduce the device startup latency. SSI locates a kernel binary image in byte-addressable NVRAM and boots the system using this image, eliminating the need to load it from storage. SSI also eliminates the process of decompressing and relocating the OS kernel image in embedded Linux system. The key technical ingredients of SSI are precisely identifying the kernel segments where contents are updated in the course of booting and selectively reloading only these sections each time the system reboots. The fresh copy of the sections can be maintained in NVRAM, NAND flash, NOR flash, etc. In our experiment, SSI reduced the size of the kernel binary image loaded from storage into memory by 90% and reduced the overall device startup time by 54%. This approach can be used not only for cold boot (with NVRAM) but also for warm boot, in which the contents of DRAM persist across the system restart. © 2014 IEEE.
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Issue Date
2014-06
Language
English
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IEEE Embedded Systems Letters, v.6, no.2, pp.33 - 36

ISSN
1943-0663
DOI
10.1109/LES.2014.2312017
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/261036
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EE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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