Research Issues in No-Futz Computing


Holland, David A., William Josephson, Kostas Magoutis, Margo I. Seltzer, Christopher A. Stein, and Ada Lim. 2001. “Research Issues in No-Futz Computing.” Ninth Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems. Schoss Elmau, Germany. Copy at

Date Presented:

May 2001


At the 1999 Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS VII), the attendees reached consensus that the most important issue facing the OS research community was "No-Futz" computing; eliminating the ongoing "futzing" that characterizes most systems today. To date, little research ahs been accomplished in this area. Our goal in writing this paper is to focus the research community on the challenges we face if we are to design systems that are truly futz-free, or even low-futz.