Cut your Cloud Computing Costs by Half with Unikraft

A novel modular unikernel allows for extreme tailoring of your operating system to your applications needs. A proof of concept built on Unikraft a Xen Project subproject shows up to 50 efficiency improvements than standard Linux on AWS EC2.

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way we think about IT infrastructure Another web server More database capacity Resources for your artificial intelligence use case Just spin-up another instance and you are good to go. Virtualization and containers have allowed us to deploy services without worrying about physical hardware constraints. As a result most companies heavily rely on micro-services which are individual servers highly specialized to perform a specific task.

The problem is that general-purpose operating systems such as Linux struggle to keep pace with this growing trend towards specialization. The status quo is that most microservices are built on top of a complete Linux kernel and distribution. It is as if you wanted to enable individual air travel with only one passenger seat per aircraft but kept the powerful engines of a jumbo jet. The result of having a proliferation of general-purpose OSes in the cloud are bloated instances that feast on memory and processing power while uselessly burning electrical energy as well as your infrastructure budget.

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