Unikernels are customized, single address space bootable images composed of an application and the required bare-minimum kernel functionality. Today’s unikernels have demonstrated substantial performance and security advantages over monolithic and microkernels, but none have yet achieved widespread adoption.
The fundamental problem is that today’s unikernels, which have been developed by forking existing operating systems or as clean-slate designs, have abandoned the evolutionary community process that has made Linux such a success. In this post we describe an alternative approach we are pursuing with the goal of making unikernels a community supported, evolving capability of Linux and and the GNU C LIbrary (glibc).
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Open source software is good. Open source plus open data is even better. That makes initiatives such as the Open Data Hub both useful in and of themselves and as a template for maintaining control over your data.
Access to, and the ability to collaboratively build upon, open source code is genuinely useful. If it weren’t, open source software wouldn’t have become such an important part of how technology has developed over the past couple of decades. There are ideological reasons to prefer open source as well, but its effectiveness as a development model has won over the pragmatists.
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The world of multi-tenant bare metal cloud computing in the datacenter is increasingly important. With tenants being offered their own servers rather than locked-down VMs or compute services, the potential for innovation is much higher. Mass Open Cloud aims to offer a multi-tenant cloud where hardware would be shared between organizations, such as universities, with tenants able to access bare metal instances directly. Here’s how we propose to create a standardized architecture to provide a seamless elastic bare-metal experience for Mass Open Cloud and similar environments.
Our solution to the bare-metal-as-a-service problem combines two projects: Mass Open Cloud’s Malleable Metal as a Service (M2) and the Red Hat stewarded Foreman Project. Where M2 provides the means for provisioning servers, Foreman provides the orchestration and user interface.
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As an industry we look to open source communities as our core innovation engine. At Red Hat we’re always monitoring, participating in, and even creating these open source communities. Here’s how you can garner some insight into where the industry, and Red Hat, might be going next.
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In this video from Red Hat Summit 2018, Red Hat Chief Technology Officer Chris Wright gives a view into the future direction of Red Hat technologies.
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At the first signs of Spring, all Red Hatters turn at least one eye toward Red Hat Summit. Over the years, we’ve had many conversations with attendees about what kind of information and perspectives they’d like to hear at Summit. We learned that attendees appreciated the actionable technical information they received, but that they were interested in getting some insight into Red Hat’s point of view on emerging technology trends and their thoughts on the future. That was the motivation behind a new set of sessions from the Office of the CTO that we’re very excited to announce.
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Sitting in the frigid air-conditioned room somewhere under the surface of a tropical island, it soon became obvious that I was very likely the dumbest person in the place. And, if the men and women around me have their druthers, in a few years, I might not be the smartest sentient entity in the room, either.
It wasn’t a mad scientists’ convention, but rather Supercomputing Asia 2018 that brought me to this place on Sentosa in Singapore a couple weeks ago, where engineers, computer scientists, and business people gathered to discuss the trends and technology within the supercomputing realm.
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Blockchain is everybody’s latest buzzword–right up there with AI and IoT–but what does it mean, and how is it relevant to the enterprise?
The answer to those questions is likely “a lot,” but before we get to that, let’s define what a blockchain is–and isn’t.
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As a result of long-term cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Czech Technical University, especially in the area of teaching, Red Hat has opened an open source laboratory directly on the University grounds on October 26th, 2016.
The reason behind the Brno office’s growth in the last decade is predominantly the capability of local universities to produce talented people, with world-class skills. The success of the university program in Brno suggests that this system can be replicated in other cities with similar characteristics (such as Prague). Cooperation with universities in Prague is a natural next step to finding new talent in an area that Red Hat is now equipped to cover with engineer activity.
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