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Re: A niche for the Hurd - multi-core systems

From: Zheng Da
Subject: Re: A niche for the Hurd - multi-core systems
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:39:30 +0000

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM, <olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net> wrote:

Last but not least, the question might be: why not drop Mach alltogether
and instead create a dedicated microkernel for the Hurd? Indeed after
several failed attempts with porting to existing modern microkernels
(L4, Coyotos), most of the Hurd developers seem to have arrived at the
conclusion that having a microkernel specifically tailored for the
Hurd's needs is the only viable option really. The experimental Viengoos
kernel, which Neal created in the course of his current research work,
is precisely that: an attempt to address the problems found while trying
to implement the Hurd on various existing microkernels.
I am quite curious: why did porting to the modern microkernels fail?
then come a question: what kind of microkernel does Hurd need?

In any case, IMHO we have much more pressing issues than Mach's
shortcomings presently, and thus I don't consider work on new
microkernels the highest priority right now... (Definitely interesting
but I think at least some bugs in Mach should be fixed.

Zheng Da

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