Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Computer Science


Computer Science.




We propose a flexible Multi-layer Virtual Machine (MVM) design intended to improve efficiencies in distributed and grid computing and to overcome the known current problems that exist within traditional virtual machine architectures and those used in distributed and grid systems. This thesis presents a novel approach to building a virtual laboratory to support e-science by adapting MVMs within the distributed systems and grids, thereby providing enhanced flexibility and reconfigurability by raising the level of abstraction. The MVM consists of three layers. They are OS-level VM, queue VMs, and components VMs. The group of MVMs provides the virtualized resources, virtualized networks, and reconfigurable components layer for virtual laboratories. We demonstrate how our reconfigurable virtual machine can allow software designers and developers to reuse parallel communication patterns. In our framework, the virtual machines can be created "on-demand" and their applications can be distributed at the source-code level, compiled and instantiated in runtime. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .K56. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1405. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.