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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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Changing Operating Systems is Harder than Changing Programming Languages

SESSION: Changing Operating Systems is Harder than Changing Programming Languages


TIME: 1:30PM - 3:00PM

Panelists:Arthur B. Maccabe, Marc Snir, Pete Beckman, Patrick Bridges, Ron Brightwell, Orran Krieger, John Kubiatowicz, Matsuoka Satoshi, Hanck Hoffman



Since its introduction in 1970, Unix (including Linux) has been a mainstay in scientific computing. The use of Linux has many advantages, but also is a drag on innovation: Since Linux is used on a broad range of platforms, changes that are specific to HPC are accepted very slowly, if at all, by Linux maintainers. In addition, very little work has focused on the “global operating systems”, i.e., the software system infrastructure needed to manage the entire machine and support multi-node parallel applications. Current Linux software will be stretched in dealing with future nodes with hundred of heterogeneous cores and heterogeneous memory; it will continue to provide little support to the integration of local OS’es into a global OS. A panel composed of HPC OS/R experts will consider the technical, research, and socio-economic challenges that need to be addressed for future, extreme-scale operating systems.

Moderator/Panelist Details:

Arthur B. Maccabe (Moderator) - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Marc Snir - Argonne National Laboratory

Pete Beckman - Argonne National Laboratory

Patrick Bridges - University of New Mexico

Ron Brightwell - Sandia National Laboratories

Orran Krieger - Boston University

John Kubiatowicz - University of California, Berkeley

Matsuoka Satoshi - Tokyo Institute of Technology

Hanck Hoffman - University of Chicago

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