High-availability operating systems not anything new
Posted Jan 18, 2007 11:29 UTC (Thu) by gdt
In reply to: High-availability operating systems not anything new
Parent article: LCA: Andrew Tanenbaum on creating reliable systems
It's not that hard to sell reliability. Mobile phone manufacturers for one are getting very worried about the implications of the huge amount of code on their phones. Which is why they are funding things like the formal proof of the L4 microkernel.
Most ISPs are deeply interested in the stability and uptime of their routers and switches. One of the great disappointments of Cisco's IOS XR is that although it runs on the QNX microkernel it doesn't exploit that and runs huge processes that need to be restarted to have bug fixes applied.
The talk was timely because it refocusses the discussion on to building the best computer possible, rather than merely building an operating system better than Microsoft's.
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