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Re: A niche for the Hurd


From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: A niche for the Hurd
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 20:35:21 +0100
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Am Mittwoch 12 November 2008 05:14:02 schrieb olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net:
> Hi,
>
> On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 10:35:48AM +0200, Sergiu Ivanov wrote:
> > Is it possible to run only *parts* of the Hurd on separate computers,
> > that is, make the Hurd a kind of a network operating system. It most
> > probably sounds crazy, but I know that only a microkernel OS can do
> > something like that, so the Hurd may be appropriate :-)
>
> This is actually not far off: In fact distributed systems were a (or
> even *the*?) major research focus of Mach -- Mach provides
> network-transparent RPC for that purpose.

- snip -

> And it's not terribly useful either: Today even the smallest machines
> have enough resources that there is no motivation to avoid having a
> complete instance of the operating system on each node.

Is that also true for embedded devices? 

Some hypes go towards having all kinds of functions - for example changing 
images on clothing - or even videos. 

But I don't know if creators wouldn't just create custom chips for that. 

Far fetched it could be used in intelligent houses, where common (expensive) 
functions and the state of the house could be implemented in a shared server. 
Why should every small part of my house have the processing power to do price 
calculations and cost optimizations? 
That would mean that the whole house would have to be connected, though... 

It might not be the easiest niche to advertise (and thus not the first), but 
currently the Hurd is set on Mach, and so Machs capabilities could be used. 

Best wishes, 
Arne
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