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Thesis Work - Evaluating guest isolation on a hypervised system.

Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars


Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by authoring your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization, you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business-critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company's purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable, and personal way – from day one! 




In the past embedded systems were defined by offering simple functionality, and simple communication channels. They were released as “system in a box” where all software was integrated by a single entity. Today’s embedded systems typically integrate significantly more functionality, with multiple communication channels, and offering multidimensional hardware controls that allow partitioning the system more effectively. Normally they come with peripherals and bus that may be virtualized (e.g. L1/L2 cache partitioning, SRIOV support, arm’s AMBA with AXI, arm’s GICv3 etc.). Such hardware together with a hypervisor enables a system integrator to partition the system in different ways depending on its use cases.




As part of this work, we want to define, implement, and experiment with a set of testbenches that allow us to measure guest isolation. These benches will target will primarily arm IP following the v8-A or the v8-R specifications. In parallel we will define and measure different architectural KPIs from an isolation perspective.


Relevant technical domains: Verification and Validation testing, Cybersecurity, System availability, System reliability


What you´ll bring


  • Love for computer architecture, systems, and OSes
  • Python/shell scripting, appreciation on tools such as black, ruff or shellcheck
  • Background in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, or another relevant field
  • (optional) A partner! We believe in excellence through collaboration and thus we would like to have at least two people collaborating for this thesis. If you do not have a partner do not worry, we can also match you.




  • The work to start in 2024 (exact date to be discussed)
  • The duration for this thesis work is 20-24 weeks. (full time/part time).
  • 15-30 ECTS (academic credits) if in agreement with your Thesis Advisor in University, depending on individual scope.
  • This thesis work will be conducted at Volvo Cars Gothenburg/Lund.
  • This thesis work is to be conducted by 1-2 students. If you apply as a pair, make sure both of you submit your applications.  
  • Office, computer, and software will be organized by Volvo Cars, in close co-operation with your university.


Be part of the change – apply today!


We’d love to receive and review your application. Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your CV and personal letter stating your interests within the given area and your thoughts and credentials.


Apply as soon as possible but no later than 2024-03-15.


Please note that applications via email will not be accepted.


If you want more information about the project or simply learn a bit more about the team, please reach out to:


Manager, Dania Badeie

Supervisor, Nikolaos Korkakakis


Who are we?


Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 


Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.


Gothenburg, SE, 40531

Job requisition ID:  67723

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