In last Saturdays BOSUG meet, Sunay Tripathi gave a talk on the upcoming Solaris Networking feature CrossBow and Network Machines. Sunay is the chief architect of the CrossBow project. As usual, I am not going to make this post technical by writing about CrossBow technology is (as you can find it on the net very easily), but I will write about how Sunay came across this name (people who attended the meeting obviously know it )
Sunay talking on CrossBow
Ashwin and Sunay
According to Sunay, the first name that came to his mind was "machine gun". This new technology would be a game changing technology and like a machine gun, decimate the opponents. But Sun Legal team would never allow such a name. So he kept on thinking until he came across the name CrossBow which actually is more apt. In all the wars that have been fought with machine guns, both side used to possess it and hence neither had any advantage. But in case of wars with CrossBow, there were few wars where only one side possessed it and decimated their opponents. This new technology will be available in OpenSolaris. No other OS has it and it will take some time for other operating systems to have such a feature. Hence the OpenSolaris users have a clear advantage over the others.
Read about CrossBow Technology here
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