The kernel's limits to growth

Refereed Presentation
Scheduled: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 11:00 – 11:45am in Diamond 3

One Line Summary

What factors might interfere with the kernel development community's future growth?


The kernel development community has dealt with a number of scalability crises over the years as it has grown into one of the largest software-development projects on the planet. We have not had a serious scalability issue for over a decade, but there may be another one sooner than many expect. This talk will point out the places where the process is under stress and contemplate what can be done to improve the situation.



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  • Jonathan Corbet


    Jonathan Corbet is the kernel documentation maintainer, co-founder of (and the author of its Kernel Page), a member of the Linux Foundation’s Technical Advisory Board, and the lead author of Linux Device Drivers, Third Edition. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.