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The Kernel has a framework for exposing a management view of the various sub-systems of the platform. The management view is a term for defining how we can access relevant information about the system and how we can apply management operations. JMX is the "de facto" standard for exposing a management view in the Java Platform but we take in consideration other kinds of views, such as REST web services. Therefore, the framework is not tied to JMX, yet it provides a JMX part to define more precisely details related to the JMX management view.