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Difference between Preemptive and Non-Preemptive Kernel in OS
  • Last Updated : 23 Feb, 2021

1. Preemptive Kernel :
Preemptive Kernel, as name suggests, is a type of kernel that always executes the highest priority task that are ready to run. It cannot use-non-reentrant functions unless and until functions are mutual exclusive.

Example : Linux 2-6

2. Non-Preemptive Kernel :
Non-Preemptive Kernel, as name suggests, is a type of kernel that is free from race conditions on kernel data structures as only one process is active in kernel at a time. It is considered as a serious drawback for real time applications as it does not allow preemption of process running in kernel mode.

Example : Linux 2.4

Difference between Preemptive and Non-Preemptive Kernel in OS :



Preemptive Kernel 

 Non-Preemptive Kernel 

It is a process that might be replaced immediately. It is a process that continuous to run until it finishes handling execution handler or voluntarily relinquishes CPU. 
It is more suitable for real time programming as compared to non-preemptive kernels.  It is less suitable for real-time programming as compared to preemptive kernel.  
In this, higher priority task that are ready to run is given CPU control.  In this, each and every task are explicitly given up CPU control.  
It generally allows preemption even in kernel mode.  It generally does not allow preemption of process running in kernel mode.  
Responsive time is deterministic and is more responsive as compared to non-preemptive kernel.Response time is nondeterministic and is less responsive as compared to preemptive kernel.
Higher priority task becomes ready, currently running task is suspended and moved to ready queue.Higher priority task might have to wait for long time.  
It does not require semaphores.  Shared data generally requires semaphores.  
It cannot use non-reentrant code.  It can use non-reentrant code.  
It is more difficult to design preemptive kernels as compared to non-preemptive kernel.It is less difficult to design non-preemptive kernels as compared to preemptive kernels.  
They are more secure and more useful in real-world scenarios.  They are less secure and less useful in real-world scenarios. 

 

  

 

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