Wind River purchased by Intel


If anything, Wind River's inability to breakout, despite a once Microsoft-like position of dominance, is a by-product of their failure to meaningfully go "up the stack" and away from their historical focus on the silicon layer as a primary differentiation point. In other words, if Wind River had enabled the…

Are threads evil? (updated)


This paper by Prof. Edward Lee explains something of why "threads" are such a painful abstraction.  As Prof. Lee notes, threads intrinsically create unspecified program operation (which he calls non-determinism) and resource conflicts which we then attempt to "prune" via synchronization and complex tools. In an earlier note, I argued…