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“Note that in academic research you basically cannot afford to implement things that will not result in papers, because papers are your primary and in fact only important output.

microkernels are (strongly) modular, which makes it easier to farm out work among a bunch of students, postdocs, and research assistants. A strong division of labour is important not just for the obvious reason but because it increases the number of papers that all of the people working on the project can collectively generate. If everyone is involved in everything you probably get one monster paper with a monster author list, but if people are working mostly independently you can get a whole bunch of papers, each with a small number of authors.”

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