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Reinventing Virtual Machines

Mendel Rosenblum

Credit: Stanford University

Stanford University professor Mendel Rosenblum, recipient of the inaugural ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Break-through in Computing Award, developed his groundbreaking virtual machines in the late 1990s as a way of enabling disparate software environments to share computing resources. Over the next two decades, these ideas would transform modern datacenters and power cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Here, Rosenblum talks about scalability, systems design, and how the field has changed.

Virtual machines were pioneered by IBM in the 1960s. What prompted you to revisit the concept back in the 1990s?


Jean-Louis Lafitte

Pretty good article, which shows that Mendel is still far off the basic HDW virtualizer of Goldberg PhD...
so nothing white new

Dmitry Zaitsev

As for virtual machines, i was all the way interested in benchmarks, say with LAPACK or something, how much they slowdown. Recently we found that Docker is fantastic from this point of view.
Best wishes,
Dmitry Zaitsev

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