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P2P, Web Services, Wireless, and Beyond
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Westin Santa Clara
May 13-16, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA

Building on the momentum and excitement of the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference.



Keynote: Rethinking The Modern Operating System
Richard F. Rashid, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research, Microsoft

Track: Keynote
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Location: Lawrence

The user's fundamental view of a computer's operating system has changed surprisingly little in the last 30 years. Users still "run programs" -- either by typing or through a graphical user interface. Programs read data from files, write and create files, and then terminate. Data files stored on disk are generally viewed as static repositories for information. Virtually all of the work done by a computer on behalf of an individual is done as the result of an explicit command. The keyboard, screen and mouse remain the dominant forms of human input/output.

While certain key operating system concepts have remained largely static, the technology around which our modern day notion of operating systems was built has changed dramatically. In this keynote, Rick Rashid examines the reasons why our operating systems came to be designed the way they are and looks at how increasingly rapid changes in technology may allow us to rethink the operating system and user interface design. Rashid will demonstrate new technologies and research-in-progress.

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