Preparing for Midori Cloud Computing

Recent additions to the .NET Framework adhere to the concurrent programming principles outlined in the Midori documents that SD Times viewed in 2008.Silverlight (a Web application framework that provides functionalities similar to those in Adobe Flash, integrating multimedia, graphics, animations, and interactivity into a single runtime environment) and the Windows Azure platform could also be complementary to a potential future release of Midori, according to analysts familiar with the project. Midori is to be Internet centric, with an emphasis on distributed concurrent systems. It also introduces a new security model that sandboxes applications.

Midori is to be Internet-centric, with an emphasis on distributed concurrent systems. It also introduces a new security model that sandboxes applications.

Larry O’Brien, a private consultant and author of the “Windows & .NET Watch” column for SD Times said,

Midori is an attempt to create a new foundation for the operating system that runs “inside the box,” on the desktop and in the rack. As such, it’s willing to break with compatibility (or at least wall off compatibility to a virtual machine).

Microsoft may be laying a foundation for Midori in Azure and in its existing development stack through its development language tools and the Silverlight runtime. Microsoft Research is also increasingly focused on concurrent programs, O’Brien added.

It won’t be pain-free. Major architectural transitions such as these require developers to make a conceptual leap to a new model of programming and to relearn how to program in an efficient manner, noted Forrester Research principal analyst Jeffrey Hammond, adding:

We’re seeing a gulf opening up right now between serial and parallel programming; only a small minority of rocket-scientist types can actually write code that works effectively in a parallel, multicore world. I think it’s pretty clear that Midori is on the other side of that scale-out gulf. From a development point of view, those that can make the leap solidify their skills and employment opportunities for the next decade and beyond.



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