Linked by Dan Massameno on Wed 4th May 2011 21:28 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has released new details on an experimental operating system concept named Drawbridge. In early March Microsoft researchers presented a paper entitled Rethinking the Library OS from the Top Down. The paper describes a new interaction between a user-level application and its OS. The paper can be found at the ACM Digital Library [frustratingly, we can't redistribute the article since it's behind a paywall, like too much of the scientific world]. It describes an ambitious plan to separate the traditional API parts of an OS from the underlying kernel of the OS. But a full analysis requires some background.
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Very interesting....
by rdean400 on Thu 5th May 2011 00:07 UTC
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Microsoft's pushing the envelope. There have been some other entries in this field, including IBM i, which does a very effective job of decoupling applications from the kernel (but also goes farther than Microsoft -- the binaries automatically recompile to take advantage of hardware changes), and Oracle VM, which is a "no OS" appliance designed to run WebLogic.

This approach seems very appropriate for the virtualization/cloud wave we're on now.

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