Re: [changed to] Why stability is secondary to some c ompanies

Gary, I read your replies daily…and enjoy your verbosity…you might enjoy
visiting our website…vci.com and see how we have very holistically
addressed real-time when using Microsoft operating systems…MikeR
----- Original Message -----
From: “Gary Little”
To: “NT Developers Interest List”
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2001 2:40 PM
Subject: [ntdev] Re: [changed to] Why stability is secondary to some c
ompanies

> Every one seems to like analogies and comparing the wonderful world of PCs
> to that of the wonderful world of automobiles. The average American
> household has at least one computer and at least one automobile. Now you
are
> NOT going to take Mom’s Suburban and win Daytona. That just ain’t gonna
> happen, so why would you want to take her computer and try to run an
> application that attempts to do real-time data acquisition for a medical
> diagnostic scanner? Again it ain’t gonna happen. Her Suburban has been
> chugging along for years with only an oil change and new tires and her
> computer has never so much as popped a blue screen since it was first
turned
> on. The point here is her Suburban ain’t a stock car, and her computer
ain’t
> a real-time machine, and if you expect them to do that, then they will no
> longer be stable.
>
> Windows (NT/2000/XP) is NOT a real-time operating system. It never was and
> most likely never will be. To do real-time computing, or to get real-time
> performance out of Windows requires extending the capabilities of the OS
and
> that means shortcuts, end-runs and just generally coloring outside the
> lines. However, end runs and shortcuts are done out of necessity for the
> project at hand, and not from an arrogant view that “those that wrote the
> OS” didn’t know what they were doing.
>
> Gary G. Little
> Staff Engineer
> Broadband Storage, Inc.
> xxxxx@broadstor.com
>
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