A New Microsoft Kernel!

Well, this is a rarity indeed! According to Microsoft Watch, Microsoft Research has released a new kernel, together with a few papers and presentations about it. Check out the Microsoft Research Singularity site for details, including an overview PDF whose title is footnoted. Ugly.

Two thought-provoking tidbits:

  • It’s a microkernel (unlike Windows… don’t argue, it’s true!)
  • It’s written in a managed (i.e. C#-like) language

MS research is getting a lot of mileage out of CLR these days. Remember, Static Driver Verifier is also written in a functional CLR-based language called F#.

So, maybe the day of writing drivers in Visual Basic is closer than initially expected!

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