The exponential growth of malware designed to attack soft real-time embedded systems has necessitated solutions to secure these systems. Hypervisors are a solution, but the overhead imposed by them needs to be quantitatively understood. Experiments were conducted to quantify the overhead hypervisors impose on soft real-time embedded systems. A soft real-time computer vision algorithm was executed, with average and worst-case execution times measured as well as the average power consumption. These experiments were conducted with two hypervisors and a control configuration. The experiments showed that each hypervisor imposed differing amounts of overhead, with one achieving near native performance and the other noticeably impacting the performance of the system.
hypervisor, virtualization, soft real-time, Docker, KVM, embedded, performance, power
Air Force Research Laboratory
Level of Degree
Electrical and Computer Engineering
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Guthrie, John. "Analysis of Performance and Power Aspects of Hypervisors in Soft Real-Time Embedded Systems." (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ece_etds/108