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New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power

By Office of Naval Research

June 21, 2017

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor Binoy Ravindran has developed Popcorn Linux, a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one, with support from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Popcorn Linux can be used with any computer or device, and it can translate generic coding languages into multiple specialized languages, and then automatically determine what segments of programming code are needed to perform specific tasks; the system then transfers these instruction "kernels" to the appropriate function.

Ravindran says Popcorn Linux exhibits good performance speed and power use in testing, while later this year his team will collaborate with industry partners to meet Navy and Marine Corps standards.

"By applying Popcorn Linux to longtime, legacy Navy and Marine Corps computer systems, we can improve software without requiring thousands of man-hours to rewrite millions of lines of code," says ONR's Wen Masters.

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