Adding a Flow-Oriented Paradigm to Commodity Operating Systems

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Provided by: Columbia University
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
The speed of CPUs and memories has historically outstripped I/O, but emerging network and storage technologies promise to invert this relationship. As a result, fundamental assumptions about the role of the operating system in computing systems will have to change. The authors propose an operating and application architecture that removes the CPU and memory from the path of high-speed I/O. In their model, the operating system becomes a data-flow manager and applications merely direct this flow instead of directly participating in it.
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