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CS 530 — Virtual Machines
(dt. Virtuelle Maschinen)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (2 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
180 hours (60 h attendance, 120 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement(s): Oral or written examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Computer Science.
Subject, Origin Computer Science, M.Sc. Computer Science
One semester,
each winter semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Christoph Bockisch


It is an ongoing trend to develop process-based virtual machines for modern programming languages that reduce complexity for the programmer by providing managed resources. This also enables dynamic optimizations or program analyses, for example. System-based virtual machines are a related concept. These provide a virtual environment that corresponds to an entire computer system, including hardware and operating system. Several virtual machines can share a physical machine, whereby virtual resources such as memory are separated from each other.

Qualification Goals

  • Describe and explain the basic concepts of process and system virtual machines,
  • Describe the architecture of virtual machines,
  • Development of components of process VMs (such as schedulers, garbage collections, just-in-time compilers),
  • Explain the methods of system VMs (hypervisor, hardware emulation, hardware virtualization, paravirtualization),
  • Explain optimizations in virtual machines,
  • Presentation of exemplary modern research work in the field of VM technology,
  • Comparison of implementation approaches for programming language concepts (code transformation vs. VM support).


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Keine. Empfohlen werden die Kompetenzen, die in den Basismodulen der Informatik sowie den Aufbaumodulen Softwaretechnik und Software-Praktikum vermittelt werden.

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