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The Multi Kernel Has Landed

Posted on | October 3, 2009 | 2 Comments

Anyone working on, conceiving or contemplating a new operating system could spend an hour looking at Barrelfish.  According to the SOSP, Barrelfish is, well, really .. a multi kernel.

Imagine a traditional monolithic kernel, per core, tied together with the sensibility and reliability of a micro kernel. Yeah, I’m still digesting it myself shortly after Martin Decky sent the link on the HelenOS development mailing list.

The same groups that brought you Xen (yes, including Microsoft research) are working on it. The code available is three clause BSD .. I’m about to install heat shields in my cranium so my brain doesn’t set my hair on fire while browsing and really look at it.

If you are an OS  enthusiast, its worth a look.  Not quite as climatic as beetles the size of your hand being controlled by radio frequencies .. but still interesting!

I’m almost done downloading the source .. I’ll likely post on this again in the near future.


2 Responses to “The Multi Kernel Has Landed”

  1. mithra
    October 5th, 2009 @ 5:57 am

    Hi Tim, nice to listen to you! That’s a great link. thanks,


    hope to see you again on cryopid

  2. Cem
    October 12th, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    Looks like another project you’re going to contribute to :)

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