Preface

Virtual machine (VM) technologies have been developed in a number of contexts—operating systems, programming languages and compilers, and computer architecture—to enable new capabilities and to solve a variety of problems in interfacing major computer system components. Virtual machines for supporting operating systems are receiving renewed interest after years of relatively little activity, because they allow effective resource sharing while maintaining a high degree of security. Virtualization is becoming popular for servers and other network applications especially where security is of crucial importance. In the area of programming languages, virtual machines provide platform independence, and they support transparent dynamic translation ...

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