The Singularity OS is first and foremost a research system. Singularity strives for minimalism and design clarity, and makes extensive use of modern languages and tools. Microsoft is making prototype Operating system available free to academic and research communities so that they can use it to develop new computer architectures. The design of Singularity makes it easy to test how operating system and other application interact with each other. Singularity will improve software reliability and boost research in programming language and tools. Singularity is based on advances in programming languages and programming tools to develop and build a new system architecture and operating system (named Singularity), with the aim of producing a more robust and dependable software platform. Although dependability is difficult to measure in a research prototype, Singularity shows the practicality of new technologies and architectural decisions, which should lead to more robust and dependable systems in the future.
The Singularity system consists of three key architectural features: software-isolated processes, contract-based channels, and manifest-based programs. ...Show more