[Beowulf] small-footprint MS WIn "MinWin"
gdjacobs at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 11:24:26 PDT 2007
Peter St. John wrote:
> I think the ratio of performance cost (for the VM) to performance
> capacity (of the core hardware) is tending to zero over the long haul.
> Recall the time when people said "distributed computing would be trivial
> if you could boot unix on every node, ha ha"? It was a reductio ad
> absurdum. Then.
> OTOH what Moore Giveth, Gates Taketh Away. But maybe not entirely with
> the MiniWin.
> On 10/22/07, *Brian D. Ropers-Huilman* <brian.ropers.huilman at gmail.com
> <mailto:brian.ropers.huilman at gmail.com>> wrote:
> On 10/22/07, Robert G. Brown <rgb at phy.duke.edu
> <mailto:rgb at phy.duke.edu>> wrote:
> > This in turn moves their system closer to being a suitable host
> for VMs,
> > as I think the ideal towards which OS's are moving is the kernel
> as a VM
> > host, everything else as a VM guest on top of a device-independent
> > layer. At least I hope we are going there.
> Interesting comment for this particular list. While I'm all in favor
> of MS "seeing the light," so to speak, your comment on "... everything
> else as a VM guest on top of a device-independent layer. At least I
> hope we are going there." With everything so performance oriented in
> our world, I just find this comment surprising.
Everybody take a moment to remember how Windows NT was supposed to be an
elegant, microkernel design.
In other words, I have infinite faith in the marketing droids being able
to screw this one, too.
Geoffrey D. Jacobs
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