Speaker Rebecca Isaacs
Affiliation MSR Cambridge
Host Chris Gould-Sandhu
Date recorded 30 May 2012
Barrelfish is a new research operating system developed by ETH Zurich and Microsoft Research. It is based on the multikernel model, a reference design for multicore operating systems that is premised on the observation that computer hardware looks increasingly like a network, and so the operating system should look like a distributed system. In this talk I will motivate why current and future multicore architectures require a new structure for the operating system and describe the multikernel approach. I will then present Barrelfish, which is an implementation of the multikernel model, and explore a couple of uses of agreement protocols within Barrelfish to keep operating system state consistent.
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