Established: August 27, 2009

Barrelfish is a new operating system being built from scratch in a collaboration between researchers at ETH Zurich and Microsoft Research, Cambridge. We are exploring how to structure an OS for future multi- and many-core systems. The motivation is two closely related hardware trends: first, the rapidly growing number of cores, which leads to scalability challenges, and second, the increasing diversity in computer hardware, requiring the OS to manage and exploit heterogeneous hardware resources.

For more information about the Barrelfish project and operating system please see (opens in new tab) (a server running the Barrelfish operating system).


Portrait of Richard Black

Richard Black

Project Silica Research Director