Presentation: The Modern Operating System in 2018

Track: Operating Systems: LinuxKit, Unikernels, & Beyond

Location: Windsor, 5th flr.

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Wednesday

Level: Intermediate

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The last monolith is the operating system. There are tens or hundreds of millions of lines of code in the kernel, and orders of magnitude more in the userspace code that gets shipped with it. Not just any code, security critical code written in unsafe languages. Every other area of software has been moving towards safe languages, microservices, and agile delivery. How do we get there for operating systems?

So what is the future of systems software and the operating system? This talk looks at unikernels, LinuxKit, eBPF, hypervisors, containers, library operating systems, userspace drivers and other recent developments to see where we are on the route towards agility for the operating system.

Speaker: Justin Cormack

Developer @Docker

Justin Cormack is developer at Docker, working on unikernels.

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