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MS Researchers Jim Larus and Galen Hunt lead an intriguing project where they've built an OS using managed code. The project is known as Singularity. In their own words: Singularity is a research project focused on the construction of dependable systems through innovation in the areas of systems, languages, and tools. We are building a research operating system prototype (called Singularity), extending programming languages, and developing new techniques and tools for specifying and verifying program behavior. Besides Singularity's kernel being successfully written in C# (how cool is that!)
"...it is impossible to predict how a singularity will affect objects in its causal future." - NCSA Cyberia Glossary
What would software look like if it were designed from scratch with dependability and trustworthiness as the primary goal? That’s the question Microsoft Research’s Galen Hunt , Jim Larus , and a team of colleagues asked themselves when they embarked on an ambitious research project in 2003. Five years later, they’re ready to propose an answer: It would look like Singularity , a new system-architecture and operating system built on advances in programming languages and tools.