Booting Linux in under one second using swiftBoot
January 15, 2011
One of my former colleagues and friend, Pranav Peshwe, pointed me out to this company called MPC Data who has developed a solution called
Using swiftBoot, these people have managed to boot into a fully running Linux OS in under one second.
Take a look at this unbelievable video to check it out for yourself.
The developers claim that there is no other gimmick involved other than optimizations done, as a result of a good understanding of the Linux system.
The demos show that not only does the system soft-boot in within a second but it also function normally after that.
There is a second demo of the same on a TI OMAP3530 based OMAP3530EVM board. This time, they use a stop-watch for monitoring the performance.
I know if makes business sense to use this to provide a service to OEMs and ISVs, but imagine what havoc it would create if they open source their findings and it gets merged into the mainline kernel.
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