Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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RE: OSNews Is Great
by vodoomoth on Sun 16th May 2010 15:21 UTC in reply to "OSNews Is Great"
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What is needed is not more OSes but a new software model. Our current Turing-based model simply sucks. It is prone to bugs and was not designed with parallelism in mind. Worst of all is multithreading: it is the work of the devil. The future of parallel computing is non-algorithmic, deterministic, compositional and reactive at the instruction level. Heck, even our processors will need a drastic makeover because they were not designed and optimized for this sort of computing. Once we have the right parallel software model, everybody will build their own OSes, simply by clicking and dragging the desired functionality.

If you are truly interested in the future of computing read Parallel Computing: Why the Future Is Non-Algorithmic.

Are you serious ? Do we put the same meaning into "algorithm" ? How can you word "deterministic" with "non-algorithmic" in the same sentence ? So parallel computing will be the "panacée", the Messiah of computing ? to the point of allowing anyone to build their own OS by dragging functionalities ? Wow! And where do those "functionalities" come from ? What's the system that allows the click&drag ? Wouldn't it be a computer of some kind ? Of which model, parallel or non-parallel ? And if parallel, how did it bootstrap if the current model is so sick ?

So instead of changing how OSes are built, we should change the computing paradigm to something that's so magical per se that it would cure all the current diseases of OSes ?

Sorry but this looks like telling stories I daydreamed while under influence in a French-English-alien language mumbo-jumbo mix.

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