Will Serverless End the Dominance of Linux in the Cloud?

@inproceedings{Koller2017WillSE,
  title={Will Serverless End the Dominance of Linux in the Cloud?},
  author={Ricardo Koller and Dan Williams},
  booktitle={HotOS},
  year={2017}
}
From the inception of the cloud, running multi-tenant workloads has put strain on the Linux kernel's abstractions. After years of having its abstractions bypassed via virtualization, the kernel has responded with a native container abstraction that is eagerly being applied in the cloud. In this paper, we point out that history is repeating itself: with the introduction of serverless computing, even the native container abstraction is ill-suited. We show that bypassing the kernel with unikernels… CONTINUE READING
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