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MINIXMinimal Unix
MINIXMicrowave Ionosphere Nonlinear Interaction Experiment
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MINIX uses message passing as its central paradigm because it has a Client/Server microkernel based architecture.
Section 3 presents background information about synchronization and mutual exclusion primitives on MINIX.
RT-processes are executed when necessary regardless of what MINIX is doing.
The RT-microkernel works by treating the MINIX OS kernel as a task being executed under a small RTOS based on software emulation of interrupt control hardware.