TansOS concept (via International Journal of Cloud Computing)
It is only an amount of time before cloud computing becomes the prominent method for storing and receiving data for your computers. Key advantages to cloud computing consist of automatic updates to software stored in the cloud, and access to all that is hosted in the cloud from any device with an internet connection. The next step in the cloud computing transition is to store the operating system that loads and runs all those applications and programs into the cloud, and its first incarnation is here.
Yaoxue Zhang and Yuezhi Zhou at Tsinghua University in Beijing China have developed the first cloud based operating system that they have dubbed TransOS. Through use of a cloud OS, a bare-bones computer can access and run a full operating system downloading only TransOS code as needed. This can increase speed and functionality by keeping the memory free from running inactive system code such as in modern desktop computers. As a result, your computer essentially acts as a “dumb terminal,” which enables TransOS to work with low-powered computing and that switch between operating systems without hassle when they desire to.
In addition, the team working on the system also suggests that TransOS can allow devices other than computers to also access and operate TransOS. The concept helps bring the idea of the “internet of things” into better focus. Soon household devices such as washing machines and refrigerators along with mobile devices and cars will all have access to the cloud, and may possibly run through TransOS. The TransOS team has not made any official announcements for the release of their product, although it is thought to be made available to the public early next year. More details of the system are scheduled to presented in the new issue of International Cloud Computing.