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monolithic kernel

An operating system architecture for a particular platform that includes all OS functions such as the file system, virtual memory manager, application interprocess communication and drivers. Contrast with microkernel. See kernel.
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The PlayBook tablet, due to launch within weeks after a six-month pitch, is RIM's first product to use an industrial-strength operating system based on QNX, a powerhouse microkernel (rather than the typical monolithic kernel) which RIM bought last year and aims to incorporate into its future smartphones.
Its monolithic kernel mode driver stops users from installing any untrusted executable files.
A Web server is four times faster on a microkernel system, as opposed to running on a monolithic kernel (see www.pdos.lcs.mit.edu/exo).