Friday, May 18, 2007

COSA Business Models

This article was first posted in September 2004 in the old Silver Bullet News.

One of the nice things about COSA is that it can accommodate several types of business models that target specific niche markets. Below is a list of products and/or services for which COSA is ideally suited.

  • Embedded COSA Operating System (ECOS). COSA would be perfect as the basis for a small embedded operating system for mission-critical applications and/or portable devices such as automotive control systems, avionics, cell (mobile) phones, set-top boxes, PDAs, etc...
  • COSA Virtual Machine (CVM). Similar to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), the CVM could serve as an application execution engine for use in existing legacy operating systems such as Windows, Linux, OSX, etc... CVM and ECOS would have largely compatible execution kernels. This means that the same software construction tools (see below) could be used to develop applications for both environments.
  • COSA Development Studio (CDS). The CDS would consist of a set of graphical tools for designing and testing COSA applications. It could be used as a proprietary rapid application development (RAD) tool with which to create software for either CVM, ECOS or COS (see below). CDS could be hosted on any of a number of existing desktop OSs. It could also be sold to the public as a RAD tool for legacy systems (CVM), embedded systems (ECOS) or the COSA operating system (COS).
  • COSA Operating System (COS). COS could be either an open or closed source OS depending on the business model. It is a full operating system in the sense that it would include all the usual service components and applications found in systems like Linux, MacOS and Windows. In addition, COS would, due to its very nature, automatically support cluster computing for high-performance applications such as weather forecasting and scientific/technical simulations. COS should be initially marketed to businesses and government agencies, especially for mission-critical environments.
  • COSA-Optimized Processors (COP). These are RISC-like central processing units (CPU) designed and built especially for the COSA software model. COPs would process COSA cells directly and would replace most of the COSA execution kernel. The end result would be extremely fast processing and simulated parallelism implemented at the chip level. COP chips can be designed for various markets such as end-user products (desktop computers, cell (mobile) phones, set top boxes, game boxes, notebook computers, laptops, etc...) and mission-critical business systems.
  • COSA Neural Processors (CNP). The COSA project was heavily influenced by my ongoing work in spiking (pulsed) neural networks or SNNs. Since COSA cells are similar to spiking neurons, it makes sense to extend the capabilities of COSA-optimized processors so as to add support for fast SNN processing. Neural network driven applications are bound to multiply in the near future. The nice thing about CNPs is that they would be ideal for large-scale distributed SNN applications that require hundreds of millions or even billions of neurons.

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