Microsoft unveils Singularity research OS

 

Microsoft has unveiled a prototype operating system for the computer science research environment dubbed Singularity..

The operating system was unveiled at the TechFest 2008 research event in Redmond, and will be made available at no charge for academic and non-commercial use.

Microsoft said that Singularity will help to improve software dependability, and foster inventive research in systems, programming languages and tools.

Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, told the TechFest audience of customers, academics, dignitaries and media representatives: "Computing impacts every facet of our lives, from the way we work to the way we learn and live.

"Our job in research is to continuously advance technology to make our lives better in tangible ways.

"Singularity is not the next Windows. Think of it as a concept car: a prototype operating system designed from the ground up to test-drive a new paradigm for how operating systems and applications interact with one another.

"We are making it available to the community in the hope that it will enable researchers to try out new ideas quickly."

Singularity can be downloaded from CodePlex, an online Microsoft portal created in 2006 to foster collaborative software development projects and host shared source code.

Rashid also showed off a project called BEE3, a hardware platform that lets researchers experiment with different computer architectures without using costly custom chips.

He also highlighted multiple projects aimed at advancing the understanding of natural ecosystems.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Microsoft unveils Singularity research OS
 
 
 
Top Stories
Five zero-cost ways to improve MySQL performance
How to easily boost MySQL throughput by up to 5x.
 
The big winners from Defence’s back-office IT refresh
Updated: The full list of subcontractors.
 
Tracking the year of CIO churn
[Blog post] Who shone through in 12 months of disruption?
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
This 4G smartphone costs $219
Sep 3, 2014
It's possible to spend a lot less on a smartphone if you're prepared to go with a brand you ...
Looking for storage? Seagate has five new small business NAS devices
Aug 22, 2014
Seagate has announced a new portfolio of Networked Attached Storage (NAS) solutions specifically ...
Run a small business in western Sydney?
Aug 15, 2014
This event might be of interest if you're looking to meet other people with a similar interest ...
Buying a tablet? Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 goes on sale this month
Aug 8, 2014
Microsoft has announced its Surface Pro 3 will go on sale in Australia on 28 August from ...
Apple's top MacBook Pro with Retina is now cheaper
Aug 1, 2014
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro range with faster processors and new pricing, including ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  68%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  3%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  11%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  12%
TOTAL VOTES: 1001

Vote