Crash proof computers in the future?

28 August 2015

brand new computer with nice legs nearby Computers crashing is, and make no mistake, one of the worst things that can befall a human being. Famine, war... they don't come close to the fury that comes with a computer carking it on you.

So, with that, the idea that there might be crash-proof computers in the not-too-distant future is good isn't it?

That's what the researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are looking into, and they've developed a file system which is part of the computer's operating system that writes data to disk and remembers where it is stored, so it's "mathematically guaranteed" not to lose your stuff.

Nickolai Zeldovich, part of the team that carried out the research, said: "What many people worry about is building these file systems to be reliable, both when they're operating normally but also in the case of crashes, power failure, software bugs, hardware errors, what have you."

"Making sure that the file system can recover from a crash at any point is tricky because there are so many different places that you could crash. You literally have to consider every instruction or every disk operation and think, 'Well, what if I crash now? What now? What now?'"

"And so empirically, people have found lots of bugs in file systems that have to do with crash recovery, and they keep finding them, even in very well tested file systems, because it's just so hard to do."

We'll find out more about all this later in the year when the team give out their results. So for the old-fashioned romantics among you, your computer will still frustrate you by crashing out on you from time-to-time, but at least you won't lose that spreadsheet you spent an hour doing without saving it.

TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets

1 comment

  • Han S.
    In what way is this a crash proof computer?

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