Open Access

Plan B: Boxes for networked resources

  • Francisco J. Ballesteros1,
  • Gorka Guardiola Muzquiz1,
  • Katia Leal Algara1,
  • Enrique Soriano1,
  • Pedro de las Heras Quirós1,
  • Eva M. Castro1,
  • Andres Leonardo1 and
  • Sergio Arévalo1
Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society10:BF03192352

DOI: 10.1007/BF03192352

Abstract

Nowadays computing environments are made of heterogeneous networked resources, but unlike environments used a decade ago, the current environments are highly dynamic. During a computing session, new resources are likely to appear and some are likely to go online or to move to some other place. The operating system is supposed to hide most of the complexity of such environments and make it easy to write applications using them. However, that is not the case with our current operating systems. Plan B is a new operating system that attempts to allow the applications and their programmers select and use whatever resources are available without forcing them to deal with the problems created by their dynamic distributed and heterogeneous environments. It does so by using constraints along with a new abstraction used to replace the traditional le abstraction.