One more time: Lecture again

By , April 30, 2010 15:54

Last summer, Ulrich Gräf and myself did provide a lecture at Technical University Darmstadt, on “Innovative Operating System Elements”. The corresponding blog-entry from last year can be found here: “It’s official: Ulrich and myself will be giving lecture at TU Darmstadt on Operating Systems”. So, again this summer we’ll do it again: “Innovative Operating System Elements”.

Again, also, the slides will show up under: “Innovative Operating System Elements SS 2010”.

Our intention for the content currently is:

  • 16.04.: OS – What’s that? (UG)
  • 23.04.: IO (UG)
  • 30.04.: Storage (UG)
  • 07.05.: CPU and scheduling (UG)
  • 14.05.: Posix (UG)
  • 21.05.: High Availability (UG)
  • 28.05.: Cluster Methods (DU)
  • 04.06.: Networkfeatures in OSes (MP)
  • 11.06.: Security (UG)
  • 18.06.: Management / SAN / Filesystems (MP)
  • 25.06.: Filesystems (UG)
  • 02.07.: Virtualisation / VM (MP)
  • 09.07.: Virtualisation / OS (UG)
  • 16.07.: OS Generation 5 (UG)

You’ll notice a “DU” as lecturer in there. At May 28th, both Ulrich and myself will be at the “GUUG” in Köln, so we both are unable to give the lecture. Therefore we found Detlef Ulherr, one of Sun’s Solaris Cluster Engineer’s, who will be providing that lecture.

And, again, as last year, we intend to have an excursion to the “Heinz-Nixdorf MuseumsForum” in Paderborn, the largest Computer Museum of the world. Let Ulrich know, if you’re interested in joining us on that excursion.

We’re looking forward to an again interesting, funny and hopefully useful lecture. Enjoy!


Answer to Brian Madden’s 2015 Desktop article

By , April 29, 2010 15:44

In “What the Windows desktop will look like in 2015: Brian’s vision of the future” Brian describes his vision of the Desktop in 2015.

A couple of small comments:

  1. Three months ago I posted something similar: See here: “VDI and its future”
  2. With the Backend DC Apps becoming “virtualized” (no more need for an OS, running natively on a Hypervisor, see here: “Oracle WebLogic Suite Virtualization Option”), why not simply assume, that every Desktop app also will be running natively on the hypervisor?
  3. As these Apps then no longer require an OS, there might not be a need for Windows Apps any longer.
  4. The “old OS discussion” will then become a “hypervisor discussion”.
  5. If we assume also, that APIs for deploying apps “into the cloud” will become homogeneous and compatible with “deploying to run on a hypervisor” (we could call a cloud a “hypervisor of OS functions”), we might then enter paradise, as we no longer need to care, which app runs where or how to access it.

So, from all these thoughts, OSes will get irrelevant. That’s why MS are starting to invest into the cloud game, as they need to transform their business model from “paying for owning apps” to “paying for getting a specific service”.

Even your “user workspace” idea might shift, as it might become a part of: “IT Futurology and the Terabyte iPod”.

Yes, your article might be “real” in that it keeps in mind, that things change slowly, still, other posts of yours do miss opportunities, as you still seem to be to windows-bound… ;-)

Still, it’s a good reading! Thanks for that!


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