Barrelfish – Microsoft designs OS for multi and many-core systems

Barrelfish is a new research operating system mostly written using C and Assembly (source code available under OSI model) is being built from scratch in a collaboration between ETH Zurich and Microsoft Research. MSR is exploring how to structure an OS for future multi- and many-core systems being motivated by two closely related trends in hardware design: first, the rapidly growing number of cores, which leads to a scalability challenge, and second, the increasing diversity in computer hardware, requiring the OS to manage and exploit heterogeneous hardware resources..

For further reading please refer the following links:-

http://www.barrelfish.org/

http://www.barrelfish.org/bffaq.html

Microsoft Search Together

Few days back i came across this wonderful tool from Microsoft Research which runs on IE7 & later named Search Together.. one thing i will want to highlight is that it not only uses Live Search as a Search Engine but you can also use Google and Yahoo.

What is SearchTogether?
Microsoft SearchTogether is a free Internet Explorer plug-in that allows groups of people to collaborate on Web searches.


Who can benefit from using SearchTogether?
SearchTogether can benefit any group of people who are interested in investigating a topic together, such as students working on a group report, colleagues working on a joint project, or friends planning a shared vacation or other social activities. SearchTogether supports both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration styles.


Where did SearchTogether come from?
SearchTogether is a project from Microsoft Research; it is part of Meredith Ringel Morris’s research project on collaborative Web search. The original SearchTogether concept was presented in this UIST 2007 paper and video. Thanks to the efforts of developers Piali Choudhury, Matt Maddin, and ThuVan Pham, the original prototype was transformed into an IE plug-in.

Do visit the following link to download this IE Pulg-in and start search together with your online friends during your different assignments, projects, tours etc and etc..
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/searchtogether/