Get rid of the operating system!

High performance cloud computing is nix

Nix mark I was joint work of Laboratorio de Sistemas with Bell Laboratories, Sandia National Labs, and Vitanuova.
Mark II incorporated an open development model, and found its way into 9tom and the kernel can be found along with other kernels in the distribution. Thanks to Erik Quanstrom for maintaining the distribution and adopting the system. This version is still evolving there.
Nix mark IV is a new research prototype for the system. It is joint work of Lsub with with Bell Laboratories and Vitanuova.
Most desktop and laptop machines today, even phones, are multicore. But OSes are still built as decades ago. Nix is able to lend cores to applications with no OS interference (not even clock interrupts), but still provides all functionality of a conventional operating system.

In particular, for applications, Nix is not different from a Plan 9 from Bell Labs kernel. However, Nix can partition cores into:

Cores can change their role at run-time, depending on the actual system load.

This is most useful for HPC applications but also for Cloud Computing, because of both performance and convenience.


Selected documents


The mark I system started as joint work of the Laboratorio de Sistemas, Bell Laboratories, Sandia National Labs, and Vitanuova. This was the initial list of authors on the early days. More people has contributed to the software as of now.
The mark II system incorporated other authors, listed in the CONTRIBUTORS file in the distribution.
The mark IV system is authored jointly by Lsub, Bell Labs, and Vitanuova (as of now). Once it's complete, we will update the CONTRIBUTORS file before distributing it.