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DLS 2018
Sun 4 - Fri 9 November 2018 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2018
Tue 6 Nov 2018 16:00 - 16:30 at The Loft - Systems

Operating systems are traditionally implemented in low- level, performance-oriented programming languages. These languages typically rely on minimal runtime support and provide unfettered access to the underlying hardware. Tra- dition has benefits: developers control the resources that the operating system manages and few performance bottle- necks cannot be overcome with clever feats of programming. On the other hand, this makes operating systems harder to understand and maintain. Furthermore, those languages have few built-in barriers against bugs. This paper is an ex- periment in side-stepping operating systems, and pushing functionality into the runtime of high-level programming languages. The question we try to answer is how much sup- port is needed to run an application written in, say, Smalltalk or Python on bare metal, that is, with no underlying oper- ating system. We present a framework named NopSys that allows this, and we validate it with the implementation of CogNos a Smalltalk virtual machine running on bare x86 hardware. Experimental results suggest that this approach is promising.

Tue 6 Nov

15:30 - 17:00: DLS 2018 - Systems at The Loft
dls-201815:30 - 16:00
Yoav Seginercdl-lang.org, Netherlands, Theo Vossecdl-lang.org, Netherlands, Gil Hararicdl-lang.org, Israel, Uri Kolodnycdl-lang.org, Israel
dls-201816:00 - 16:30
Guido ChariCzech Technical University, Czechia, Javier PimásPalantir Solutions, Argentina, Jan VitekNortheastern University, Olivier FlückigerNortheastern University, USA
dls-201816:30 - 17:00
David HerreraMcGill University, Canada, Hanfeng ChenMcGill University, Canada, Erick LavoieMcGill University, Canada, Laurie HendrenMcGill University, Canada