Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Barrelfish : OS


Barrelfish is a collaborative research project between Microsoft Research in Cambridge and ETH Zurich.

It is an experimental operating system.

They are exploring how to structure an OS for future multi- and many-core systems. 
They are motivated by two closely related trends in hardware design: 
  1. The rapidly growing number of cores, which leads to a scalability challenge
  2.  The increasing diversity in computer hardware

Barrelfish has been under development since October 2007 at the ETH in Zurich, and at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. 

The partners released the first snapshot of the OS on September 15, 2009. Excluding some third-party libraries, which are covered by various BSD-like open source licenses, Barrelfish is released under a 3-clause BSD-style license.

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