Cycada: Native Execution of iOS Apps on Android

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This technology was formerly referred to by the name Cider.

Cycada is an operating system compatibility architecture that can run applications built for different mobile ecosystems, iOS or Android, together on the same smartphone or tablet. Cycada enhances the domestic operating system, Android, of a device with kernel-managed, per-thread personas to mimic the application binary interface of a foreign operating system, iOS, enabling it to run unmodified foreign binaries. This is accomplished using a novel combination of binary compatibility techniques including two new mechanisms: compile-time code adaptation, and diplomatic functions. Compile-time code adaptation enables existing unmodified foreign source code to be reused in the domestic kernel, reducing implementation effort required to support multiple binary interfaces for executing domestic and foreign applications. Diplomatic functions leverage per-thread personas, and allow foreign applications to use domestic libraries to access proprietary software and hardware interfaces.

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Related Publications

Cider: Native Execution of iOS Apps on Android

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems, March 2014

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Please note that the technology referred to in the article as Cider is now called Cycada.

Columbia University Department of Computer Science