Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Sep 2009 23:12 UTC, submitted by Still Lynn
Microsoft Most of us are probably aware of Singularity, a research operating system out of Microsoft Research which explored a number of new ideas, which is available as open source software. Singularity isn't the only research OS out of Microsoft; they recently released the first snapshot of a new operating system, called Barrelfish. It introduces the concept of the multikernel, which treats a multicore system as a network of independent cores, using ideas from distributed systems.
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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by tobyv on Sat 26th Sep 2009 05:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
tobyv
Member since:
2008-08-25

Microsoft just provided very costly R&D to the IT community free of charge


Very costly R&D, or very cheap PR?

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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by kad77 on Sat 26th Sep 2009 05:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
kad77 Member since:
2007-03-20

It certainly was very costly in terms of time, effort and the skilled labor to produce it.

It's safe to say this end result (the down-loadable code) cost at least a million USD to produce.

It served both R&D and PR purposes ... 'cheap' is a matter of perspective, though.

If there is a cadre of hobbyists who have released an alternative, I would love a link!

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RE[5]: Comment by kaiwai
by tobyv on Sat 26th Sep 2009 06:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai"
tobyv Member since:
2008-08-25

Most of the work was done by ETH, I doubt it would have cost even a fraction of that to Microsoft. It seems a mostly academic effort, but good to see MS involved.

It served both R&D and PR purposes ... 'cheap' is a matter of perspective, though.


Even at a million dollars, cheaper than a superbowl ad.

If there is a cadre of hobbyists who have released an alternative, I would love a link!


http://www.kernel.org :-)

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