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For Software Developers, More Speed and Mobility

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Northeastern University researchers have developed a program that enables software developers to save their work and relaunch the project instantly from another computer. The software, called distributed multi-threaded checkpointing (DMTCP), allows developers working in the Linux operating system to save their work on a USB drive and take that drive to a different computer and instantly resume working.

The researchers say DMTCP also could be adapted for use with Web browsers. "Wouldn't it be great if you could take Firefox, save your tabs, put it all on a USB key, carry it all to another computer, bring Firefox all up again, and see all the same tabs?" says Northeastern professor Gene Cooperman. DMTCP only saves the programs that are crucial for the current project, instead of the whole operating system, which leads to the quick saving and loading process.

The software also emphasizes the technology industry's aggressive push to make programs readily available to users in every medium, Cooperman says.

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